NNPC scan­dal: Wike wants Baru sus­pended

Sunday Trust - - NEWS -

From Li­nus Umuahia

REf­fiong, iver State Gov­er­nor Chief Nye­som Wike has con­demned what he called, “the loud si­lence of prom­i­nent Nige­ri­ans on the em­bar­rass­ing cor­rup­tion scan­dal”, rock­ing the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) and called for the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of its Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Maikanti Baru.

Wike said the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the NNPC, is “ex­pe­di­ent to give room for un­com­pro­mised out­come in line with the pres­i­dent’s dec­la­ra­tion that no one will be ex­empted in the fight against cor­rup­tion”.

The gov­er­nor stated this while field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists in Umuahia, when he paid a cour­tesy visit on Gov­er­nor Okezie Ik­peazu.

He said, “we have told Nige­ri­ans that sooner than later they will know the truth about the re­al­ity of the po­lit­i­cal prom­ises made by the rul­ing party. We were told that they would fight cor­rup­tion to the last; they told us that no one will be ex­empted.

“When judges were ac­cused of cor­rup­tion they were told to step aside, but up till now we have not heard that any­body has been asked to step aside so that they can con­clude in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter. If you are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an of­fi­cial while in of­fice the out­come will be com­pro­mised; that is what am say­ing”.

Wike said this par­tic­u­lar in­ci­dent will en­able Nige­ri­ans to ac­cess the an­ti­cor­rup­tion war.

“Now, Nige­ri­ans will know whether or not we are fight­ing cor­rup­tion. Ev­ery day we hear Da­suki stole one bil­lion dol­lars, and ev­ery day on the pages of news­pa­per we hear Diezani prop­er­ties have been found; what about this $25 bil­lion con­tract scam (ap­prox­i­mately N9 tril­lion) and no­body is talk­ing, ev­ery­where is quiet”, he said.

He fur­ther stated that his party, the Peo­ples’ Demo­cratic Party (PDP) was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure that it per­forms well in the 2019 elec­tions.


Gov­er­nor Nasiru El-Ru­fai of Kaduna State (left) with the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru af­ter the Juma’at prayer at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja on Fri­day NAN

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