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NNPC’s Dr Baru confirms recovery of 1.6 billion dollars

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The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru, said the Corporation had recovered 1.6 billion dollars from some companies fleecing one of its subsidiaries.

Baru disclosed this on Tuesday, 14 May 2019, in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen after a visit by officials of the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN)

The Institute conferred an award of Honorary Fellow and Patron to Baru and solicited partnership with the corporation during the visit.

The CIFIPN is an anti-fraud organisation saddled with the responsibility of providing skills to professionals from relevant fields on the use of science and technology to detect, prevent and investigate fraud and put some measures to prevent future occurrence.

He said that its upstream subsidiary fleeced was the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

He also said that under his watch, the corporation had made significant progress in terms of fraud detection, prevention and control.

“There is a lot of sanity that has happened in the industry as a result of this. Recently, due to the work, we were able to get the Atlantic companies who were fleecing the NNPC subsidiary, the NPDC, and we got an award for them to refund $1.6 billion to the NPDC, through the arbitration process.

“We have also been able to stem fraud. High profile court cases were being set up to defraud the NPDC.

“If you see the amount of money involved, if you do not have people who are determined to fight corruption, our chances would have been compromised by over 1.6 billion dollars.

“We have had cases, like NNPC versus IPCO, where they are demanding over 400 million dollars, and because of their activities, we were able to settle out of court with them for 37.5 million dollars, which is a saving of several percentages, about less than 10 percent of the total amount,” he said

Baru added that the recovery was possible as all staff of the corporation and its business partners had imbibed transparency in all areas of their operations.

Commenting on the honours, he assured that he would support the institute with his wealth of knowledge to help boost forensic investigation in the country.

“This institute’s intention is quite laudable and the conferment of fellows on me will make me more determined to support them and being a patron will make me to share some of the knowledge I have,’’ he said

Earlier in her remarks, Dr Victoria Enape, the Pro-tem President of CIFIPN, said the institute had watched Dr Baru with keen interest since his assumption of office.

“We are here to sincerely appreciate you for being a champion of anti-corruption in the NNPC, especially being a former chairman of the anti-corruption committee and now the chief executive.

“We believe that the NNPC should be one of the organisations free of corruption, having somebody like you, who is a champion of anti-corruption,’’ she said

She said the institute also recognised NNPC’s partnership with Nigeria Customs Service and Department of Petroleum Resources in the fight against petroleum products smuggling in the country.

This, she said, was commendable, adding that effort to manage oil marketers and maintaining adequate supply of products in the country had shown the high level of transparency and accountability in the operations of the corporation.

She said Nigeria had lost billions in money to fraud, corruption and cybercrime, which had left the country with near empty treasury.

Enape said that fighting corruption must be sustained for the nation to be developed.

“Corruption, fraud and Cybercrimes have become an Octopus with huge tentacles extending into facets of human endeavours and sparing no one in the process, politics, business and sports,’’ she said.

She solicited the support of the corporation in ensuring that the institute was established for the growth and development of the country.


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