Reps Committee Writes Attorney General Over Alleged N48m Barrels Of Oil

Reps Committee Writes Attorney General Over Alleged N48m Barrels Of Oil

By Paul Effiong, Abuja

The Ad-hoc Commitee investigating alleged loss of $2.4 billion from illegal sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil export in 2015 has written the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, for information on the allegation.

The directive was given by the Chirman of the Commitee, Hon. Mark Gbillah during a continuation of the investigative hearing yesterday.

It would be recalled that a whistle blower had alleged that Over $2.4 Billion had gone into individual pocket from Illegal Sale of 48 Million Barrels of Crude Oil Export in 2015, including Crude Oil Export From 2014

To this end , the Committee had invited the inspector General of Police, IGP Alkali Usman for explanation on the matter because the whistleblowers had brought information to the Committee alleging threat to life and intimidation by some high profile personalities in the country.

The Reprsentative of IGP, and Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Garba Umar told the Commitee that as a senior interpol officials, they don’t investigate people until they are reguested by the police to do so.

“The interpol has nothing to do with national police,” he stressed, staring that the interpol cannot be used to witch-hunt anyone or group of persons.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the ad -hoc committee, Hon. Mark Gbilla had during the hearing wondered why the whistle blowers who came to give more details to the House were being hunted as a criminal.

The chairman further revealed that one of the whistle blowers was supposed to be at the hearing but was afraid and feel intimidated by the presence of the police hirachy and IGP Reprsentative.

“We found out that your department wrote to those two individual which is not a coincidence. Why did the interpol write to them before they came to the House?” Gbilla asked.

The committee chairman employed the interpol to respect the House and stop the harassment and intimidation of persons of interest to the House.

The lawmakers in the Commitee urged for cooperation by the interpol towards the success of the investigation.

The chairman, however, stressed that the IGP needed to appear before the committee as there are still questions for him to answer personally.

Recall that the House resolved had resolved to probe the allegation sequel to approval of a motion of urgent public importance at plenary on 20th December, 2022, by Hon. Isiaka Ibrahim.

At the inauguration, the had stated his determination to be different from several other committed in the past.

The Commitee was Inagurated on 29th Dec.2022 with the mandate to unravel all those involved in the said illegal oil deal.

IGP Representative during the hearing informed that interpol is currently operating in over 195 countries of the world.

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