Buhari, Kachikwu in closed-door meeting

Maikanti Baru And Ajimobi Commission The NNPC Ibadan Depot

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met behind closed doors with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

So far, neither Baru or the NNPC has reacted to the allegations by Kachikwu, even as several groups and individuals have called on Buhari to suspend Baru, and ensure that the activities of the corporation are probed.

The Senate committee is to be chaired by Aliyu Wamako while its members include Tayo Alasoadura, Akpan Bassey, Samuel Anyanwu, and Ahmed Ogembe.

A source at the State House informed PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Kachikwu was also at the Villa on Thursday evening where he held a brief meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Mr. Anyanwu noted that the company was incorporated in 1989 in Panama and therefore, does not pay tax in Nigeria.

An NNPC spokesman has said the state oil company is awaiting written confirmation of the motion from the Senate before making any comment.

"The Senate is aware of the decision of the current GMD to allocate nearly all products to Duke Oil, this is in addition to its automatic inclusion in the lifting of crude oil, gas etc, which thus, makes Duke Oil a money spinning outfit. A broom immersed in oil can not sweep clean".

Furthermore, the Senate panel was mandated to investigate the policy introduced by the NNPC Trading Limited, a subsidiary of the corporation, among other issues.

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

Three days ago, a letter surface online originating from the Petroleum minister and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari whom he had reportedly tried to gain hearing from unsuccessfully.

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