Nigerian government suspends satellite commission, NIGCOMSAT, boss over alleged graft

The MD was sent away on leave to pave way for investigation into the financial status of the company.

The Board of Directors of the Nigerian Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT, Ltd on Monday directed the Managing Director, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, to proceed on indefinite leave.

In a statement in Lagos, NIGCOMSAT said that the indefinite leave followed a ministerial directive by the Communications Technology Minister, Omobola Johnson.

It said the directive was to pave way for an investigation into the financial status of the company.

Mr. Ahmed-Rufai started as Project Manager of NigComSat-1, before the establishment of NIGCOMSAT Ltd in April 2006.

He was named Managing Director/Chief Executive of the company in 2006.

“‘Consequently, Ms. Abimbola Alale, the Executive Director (Marketing), NIGCOMSAT, has been named Acting Managing Director, pending the conclusion of the investigation,” the statement said.

The statement said that Ms. Alale started as a member of the Project team and was appointed Director of Marketing of NIGCOMSAT Ltd in 2006.

She rose to the position of Executive Director Marketing, until her recent appointment as the Acting Managing Director.



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  • Ashibogu

    The GMD of NNPC should be similarly sent on leave so that we can investigate our missing billions. Abi no be so?

    • Abubakar MB

      Na so broda

      • sirjoka

        Na so so bros

      • redeem

        He lost $250,000 to the Chinese whom he said lost our satellite in orbit-the Senate and House investigated him-but found nothing on him because of his fulani HERITAGE-

  • redeem

    this man is a thief– Sanusi did not appear to get his facts right especially on the issue of kerosene subsidy which he claimed the NNPC continued to service where as the late President Umaru Yar’Adua removed it as far back as 2009. Actually, Yar’Adua did issue a directive that sought to remove kerosene subsidy “taking into account that subsidy payments by government on kerosene do not reach the intended beneficiaries.”
    It was understood that whereas the directive was not communicated directly to the NNPC but to the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Rilwan Lukman, the implementation immediately ran into a hitch. The then president added in the directive that public announcement of the kerosene subsidy removal “should be avoided.”

    The clause in the directive that public announcement should be avoided, it was learnt, meant it could not be gazetted. In the meantime, the only authority empowered by Section 6 of the Petroleum Act to approve petroleum products prices is the Minister of Petroleum Resources doing so through a gazette.
    Sources said Lukman could communicate the kerosene subsidy removal directive to the NNPC following this challenge while the national oil company continued to import the product at N150 per litre and selling at N50 to the end user, implying N110 subsidy.

    • Ilaro

      So, what’s the relevance of this assertion? That Dezani is not guilty after all and should be forgiven, spill it.

  • abujakeneth

    if he is from a pareticular tribe, he will first be scandalised b4 sack. One Nigeria