The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will soon embark on another round of investigations into the nation’s oil and gas industry as part of the current war against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Top on the list is the roles of some principal officers in the former Goodluck Jonathan administration, including the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke; her counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and an oil magnate.
The acting Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, in a statement made in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the commission’s 2016 budget proposals, said the trio are on the investigating radar of the commission.
Magu, in his presentation before the lawmakers on Monday, February 8, said that “the commission will soon move into the petroleum sector”.
Soon afterward, a member of the committee, Mr. Razak Atunwa, told reporters that Magu actually informed the committee that Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala and the oil baron would be investigated.
He said: “I said the EFCC has recovered a lot of money for Nigeria and he (Magu) mentioned that in that regard, more sectors of the economy are likely to come under investigative activities.
I said ‘will it include the petroleum sector’? He said, ‘yes’. And I said ‘would it include investigating the following people – Diezani Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala and a particular oil magnate’, and he said ‘yes’; those people are already under their investigative radar.”
The EFCC also plans to grill Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, some former Service Chiefs and serving military officers in connection with the $2.1billion arms deals.
It was gathered that the anti-graft agency will be seeking to know how the Dr. Jonathan Administration bought €3,654,121million vehicles for the Republic of Niger in October 2013 and April 2014.
The cash, it was learnt, was withdrawn from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) account in two installments of €1, 401,869 and €2,252,252.25,