Strong indications emerged Saturday that Dr. Rilwanu Lukman, former minister of Petroleum Resources, Odein Ajumogobia, a former minister of state, petroleum resources and Alhaji Mohammed Barkindo, one time Group Managing Director (GMD), of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have been pencilled down for questioning and possible arrests by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following the starling revelation during the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Subsidy probe.
Frontiersnews investigations also revealed that top officials of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) both serving and retired, who presided over the subsidy regime are also on the list of those to be arrested and questioned for the monumental subsidy fraud.
Others who stand the risk of arrest by the EFCC are serving and retired top officials of the NNPC who presided over the approvals and falsification of figures that favoured marketers and NNPC officials in the subsidy disbursements.
Frontiersnews also gathered that the auditors that audited the subsidy and approved the bloated amount of money paid to the benefiting marketers also stand the risk of arrest. So also is the Directors of finance and accounts of the NNPC at the time.
It was gathered that the searchlights on Dr. Lukman who presided over the Petroleum Ministry during the administration of Late President Umaru Yar’Adua and Barkindo who was the stooge of Lukman were said to have had their hands deep in the subsidy controversies as they were said to have used it to favoured their friends and those considered loyal to the Late Yar’Adua’s government.
“Mrs. Deziani-Allison Maduekwe made it cleared to the House Committee on the subsidy probe that the monumental fraud committed which was been investigated did not take place during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan or when she became minister or during the regime of Mr. Austen Oniwon, the current GMD, NNPC. This prompted the investing agency to also direct its searchlights to these past officials who at one time or the other presided over the subsidy regime,” an industry source told Frontiersnews.
The Source who spoke on the condition of anonymity said “You know Dr. Lukman never hid is distaste for President Jonathan and so also was Barkindo, as they did everything possible to undermine his powers when he was Acting President.
They did whatever they liked with the subsidy money because they felt they owned nobody any explanation at the time. So the EFCC is going to look at their roles and if they are found to have abused their powers, they will be punished for it”.
The source argued that despite the attempt by Allison-Maduekwe to exonerate herself and her team in the petroleum ministry from the mess discovered in the disbursement of the subsidy money, “she will definitely be called for questioning by the EFCC to know the role she or her top management staff in NNPC played in the entire mess. If they are found wanting, they will be sanctioned appropriately“.