We have no proof of Deziani’s corruption – Presidency

We have no proof of Deziani's corruption - Presidency

The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration is yet to conclude any corruption case for high-profile politicians.

The presidency has said she is yet to find incriminating evidence against former Minister of Petroleum, Deziani Alison-Madueke.

The Buhari administration had accused Deziani of a $1.092 billion controversial Malabu oil deal.

The AGF defended Deziani and others before NASS members where he stated that former AGF, Adoke “has not made himself available.”

The NASS committee is chaired by Hon. Razak Atunwa of the Federal House of Representatives.

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OPL 245 was awarded to Malabu Oil and Gas Limited belonging to a former Petroleum Minister, Chief Dan Etete.

After the oil block was awarded, a legal dispute arose between Shell and Malabu over the ownership of the oil.

The dispute eventually settled when former president Goodluck Jonathan settled the warring parties.

On this basis, Shell, Agip and Total paid $1.092 billion into a designated escrow account to farm into oil block.

Of the $1.092 billion, it is believed that about $600 million was paid to Etete by the Jonathan Administration.

According to Malami, “One thing I have to bring to your notice is that the investigation is ongoing.

“I cannot with certainty jump to the conclusion of an indictment.

“The investigation is from different perspectives because of the criminality and associated elements.

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He, however, assured the committee that any persons indicted in the Malabu probe would face the wrath of the law.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said OPL 245 has a long running history.

Dogara said the oil field had been the subject of many investigations, hence the need to put a finality to the matter.

“Deals involving OPL 245 has attracted international anti-corruption and money laundering watchdogs.

“It portrays Nigeria as unserious in its fight against corruption,” Dogara said.