By Kola Bola
A House of Representatives member, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, has disclosed how some dubious politicians and staffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) allegedly forged the signature of President Muhammadu Buhari to steal and export crude oil to the tune of $19 million.
The lawmaker said those involved in the alleged fraud would be prosecuted.
The lawmaker reportedly made the revelation on Channels Television, saying the crude oil was allegedly sold to China.
This massive discovery was unearthed at a time the Federal Government is tackling corruption in the country.
Daily Post, which collated the story, stated that Agbonayinma, Chairman, House Ad-hoc Committee on the Sale of Crude Oil to Foreign Destinations, noted that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had knowledge of the development and was investigating it.
He said the magnitude of corruption in the oil sector needed only political will to handle.
He displayed a copy of the alleged fake document to confirm this claim and added that the NNPC and some multinational oil firms export more than the 2.2 million barrels of crude oil per day but fail to remit the excess revenue to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“In this letter here, this is not President Buhari’s signature but it was forged by our people – by Nigerians who wanted to sell the crude in China worth about $19 million.
“I tell you the truth, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) is also aware. We are working day and night to also do what is needed to get it right because he (the AGF) is the custodian of the laws in the nation.
“So, I’m saying I must tell you that the corruption in this country didn’t just start yesterday. It is a cancer, and to cure cancer, you need a radical approach getting the radical approach in this case means you have to step on people’s’ toes, which might affect those that are probably close to you.
“What is important is the ability to have that willingness to commit to the fight against corruption. This is not something that is new.
“As a matter of fact: this is a copy of the letter in which President Muhammadu Buhari’s signature was forged to defraud Nigeria.
“My dear Nigerians, this time I would like you to support the National Assembly when people want to divert attention from what government is doing by pushing up negative issues to the fight against corruption.
“Let’s give credit to Mr. President in the war against corruption.
“So as the National Assembly, we must do our part as well. Doing our part does not mean Nigerians should be kept in the dark?
“Nigerians must know exactly what is going on. What has happened to their money? The money that belongs to this nation belongs to you; it belongs to me,” he said