The Senate Committee on Finance has strongly denied recent media reports that it has
cleared the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke or the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of allegations relating to the “unaccounted revenue fraud.”
In a terse statement on Wednesday evening, a member of the commttee, Senator Bukola Saraki said on behalf of the committee that the reports bear no correlation to the content of the Senate Committee report and urged the public to disregard them entirety.
“Though I could not attend the last meeting of the committee, I have been very active in the investigation,” he said, adding that nothing significant has changed to suggest the clearance of anyone.
The Senator said: “The Committee is yet to receive the report on the forensic audit and independent analysis on the subject clearly indicate we have a lot of grounds to cover in order to determine the level of culpability or otherwise of agency on the alleged non-committal, so to suggest any clearance for anybody at this stage is out of the question.”
He advised members of the media to wait for the Senate to release the details of the Committee’s report to the public and avoid jumping into spurious conclusions.