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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“.

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+1 #1 UKRAKPO HENRY{FRANCE 2012-02-18 12:32
WHEN THE PRESIDENT JONATHAN GOODLUCK ADDMINISTRATION APPOINTED RIBADU AS THE HEAD OF THE PANEL TO INVESIGATE THE OIL SUBSIDY I IMMEDIATELY NEW THAT MEAN BUSINESS .THE FACT THAT THIS GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY WANT TO PROSECUTE THOSE BEHIND THIS OIL SUBSIDY SCANDAL SHOWS THE LEVEL OF SINCERITY AND WILLLINGNESS THAT THEY ARE READY TO PERFOM.PEOPLE LIKE DR RILWANU LUKMAN ARE SUPPOSE TO BE SERVING LONG JAIL TERMS AS A RESULT OF THEIR ROLE IN THE INSTITUTIONALIZ ING OF CORRUPTION IN THE OIL SECTORS THIS IS AN OPEN SECRET.THIS IS THE TIME FOR PEOPLE NOT TO BE REGARDED AS SACRED COW IF OUR NATION NEED THE REQUIRED DEVELOPMENT LIKE WHAT WE SEE HERE IN THE WESTERN WORLD.
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+1 #2 buba 2012-02-26 12:46
Na waha for Naija O. Too much money but too little people packing it away. I ave still not seen the sincerity in this Jonas administration in tackling corruption. This hydra headed monster is like a viral infection spreading like wild fire. Its everywhere now(SUCCESSFULL Y). The problem we have in Nigeria is a`` people`` problem and can only be solved not just by praying but by embracing DISCIPLINE in its entirety. I have said it before that we are not matured enough for democracy. Until we go back to the type of CLEANSING that was initiated by Gen. Tunde Idiagbon we are still going no where.
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+1 #3 jide oduyoye 2012-03-14 14:53
My people please let us look beyond name dropping now. It could all end up like hot smoke in thin air. The story we should be reading is that these past oil ministers et al, had been questioned or arrested, whichever is legally appropriate, and their testimonies leading to charges or revelations of what happened. Prior announcement of names in the press is just designed to hoodwink us and EFCC are not, in my opinion, fully capable of a complete follow through. Let them prove me wrong in action in the next following weeks.
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