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Reps to investigate alleged N20 billion theft at NNPCL

The House of Representatives has resolved to set up a committee to investigate the alleged theft of twenty billion naira by the staff of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL.

This was sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance by a member from Kano State, Mr. Hafiz Kawu, at plenary on Thursday.

The lawmaker alleged that staff of NNPCL were reported to have diverted the funds under the guise of consultancy fees paid to Messrs Sapphire.

The funds according to him is part of the money meant for the payment of taxes to State Governments by the Corporation.

Mr. Kawu expressed concern that “at a time when the federal government is doing its best to fight corruption and harnesses resources for the development of infrastructure, staff of an agency of government ought to be prudent in the utilization of state resources not to corruptly divert same.

“Worried that if no action is not urgently taken by this house to nip this unethical and unwholesome practice in the bud, it would negatively affect the fortunes of our nation, as well as deprive other state governments of its revenue”, he said.

Adopting the motion, the House gave the committee four weeks for further legislative action.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu