Malabu $1.1 billion fraud: APC asks Jonathan to come clean

Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently speak out and take action on the monumental Malabu oil scandal that is rocking his Administration and again putting Nigeria under the global searchlight as a corrupt nation.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan must end his silence on the matter since half of the 1.1 billion US dollars paid to Malabu Oil and gas for oil field OPL 245 by two oil majors was allegedly used to bribe Nigerian officials, who in turn used the proceeds to buy private jets and armoured limousines.

It said that since the deal to pay Malabu the huge funds was brokered and passionately defended by the Jonathan Administration, it stands to reason that officials of the same Administration will know one or two things, and perhaps are part and parcel, of the whole scandal.

”The only way to know for sure is if there is an independent investigation of the allegation, which has been published by the international media after Italian prosecutors intensified their probe into the deal. This is where President Jonathan comes in: He must allow an unfettered probe of this scandal that has again put Nigeria in bad light. Whatever happens, however, the names of those who received the bribes will soon be known, thanks to the determination of the UK and Italy to show that no one who violates their laws will go scot-free.

”Just like the Halliburton and Siemens bribery scandals that were also exposed from abroad, this Malabu scandal has again damaged Nigeria’s standing in the comity of nations. While US, France, Italy and Germany have jailed officials and imposed fines on the foreign firms that gave bribes to Nigerian officials in the Halliburton and Siemens scandals, none of those who received the bribes here in Nigeria has been touched. The Malabu scandal must not go the same way,” APC said.

The party said Nigeria has never had it as bad, in terms of runaway corruption that has cost the nation billions of dollars in money that would have gone into national development, as it is having under the prodigiously-corrupt Jonathan Administration.

”There is no better way to say this. The Jonathan Administration is swimming in corruption and the President has contumaciously allowed it to fester because his government is feeding fat on the proceeds of graft. He has even tried to use semantics to cover up the extent of sleaze, saying stealing is not corruption,” it said.

APC said apart from the Malabu, Halliburton and Siemens scandals, the Jonathan Administration has done nothing to tell Nigerians what happened to the 20 billion dollars in diverted oil money; the multi-billion naira fuel subsidy fraud for which no single persons has been brought to justice; opaque crude oil swaps at the expense of encouraging domestic refinery; payment of billions of naira in kerosene subsidy without appropriation and the gargantuan police pension fraud.

”Under your watch, Mr. President, there is massive looting of the commonwealth by the same people being paid by taxpayers to ensure a judicious utilization of the scarce national resources. There is a growing culture of impunity because no one is punished for the looting. Now you have another chance to turn things around for the better.

”The Malabu scandal provides such a chance. All those who collected millions of dollars in bribes in the illegal transaction must be identified and brought to justice immediately. We must not always allow foreign countries to be the ones exposing corrupt Nigerian officials. Our government must act like a responsible government by demonstrating it will not allow violation of its laws or encourage corruption,” the party said.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary


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  • Dominic

    BESIDES MALABU OIL THEFT, I SOUGHT IN VAIN, FROM RAJI FASHOLA,

    BY THIS SUBMITTED PETITION, SINCE OCTOBER 2012 SIMPLY TO KNOW…..

    “…..how the taxes, revenue and finances of Lagos state accrue,
    are managed, and disbursed and do hereby apply to you by yourselves, agents,
    and servants to access and request to be made available to me by you,
    all necessary information, Certified True Copies of Files, records and contract
    Agreements/Documents, in respect of the said Contract/Agreement entered into
    between the Government of Lagos State and, the Company, Alpha Beta Consulting
    Limited – mandating the Company to assess and collect on behalf of the Government
    all taxes and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) due, payable and paid by the
    Government and its agencies and all the commissions due, payable and paid by
    the government to the Company and received by the Company since the
    announcement of the Contract/Agreement for my perusal and scrutiny pursuant to
    Section 2, 3(3) m, o, 5, 6, 7, 9, & 10 of the Provisions of the Freedom of
    Information Act 2011 (F.O.I) as Replicated/Domesticated in Lagos State of
    Nigeria”.

    “My request is basically to let me know the monthly

    returns of the taxes and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) generated, accrued,
    collected and paid to Lagos government and commissions received from government
    or its agencies by the Company since inception of the contract. The Government
    of Lagos State boasts of internally generated revenue of about N40 billion
    every month; translating into a commission of N6 Billion being paid to Alpha
    Beta Consulting Ltd – also every month – which sum i consider unfavourable and
    outrageous to me as a tax payer and a citizen of Lagos State”.

    • The Petitioner

      “My request is basically to let me know the monthly returns of the taxes

      and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) generated, accrued,
      collected and paid to Lagos government and commissions received from government
      or its agencies by the Company since inception of the contract. The Government
      of Lagos State boasts of internally generated revenue of about N40 billion
      every month; translating into a commission of N6 Billion being paid to Alpha
      Beta Consulting Ltd – also every month – which sum i consider unfavourable and
      outrageous to me as a tax payer and a citizen of Lagos State”.

      …………..Dr. Dominic
      (October, 2012)

      • Phicomba

        Raji Fashola plays the ostrich and the lightning rod for the rest of the criminal gang.
        But it is now a matter of time for each local government councillor or chairman,
        commissioner, adviser, governor, legislator, permanent secretary, civil service director,
        parastatal head, treasurer and accountant in Lagos state public service to be hauled

        into detention for theft investigation.

        • Otile

          But APC internet warriors will play dead when they hear about the corrupt practices of Rajiv Fasho. All they can remember is that the President is not doing his job.

          • Robinson

            “When Mr. Goodluck Jonathan said he did not ‘give a damn’ about declaring his
            assets, some people pretended not to understand the implications. The
            truth is that a man who does not give a damn about leading by character or
            accountability cannot inspire success or productivity.”

            “As a result, Jonathan leads a system where his key people are free to pursue their
            own conquests; a system where merit does not count and evil is not punished”.

            ……………..Sonala Olumhense
            (April 20th, 2014)

          • Otile

            Thank you, same can be be said of brother Fasho.

          • endingNaija

            Still defending TANNEd Jona TAN of TAN?

          • Otile

            Still playing dead at the corrupt practices of brother Fasho?

          • Dr Johnson

            Otile I think you don’t know the implications of what APC are talking about this is corruption of international dimension that will ultimately tarnish our image, don’t just be playing tribal card in this case. America, UK and all western countries are great because the ruling class are accountable to their people in our case all politicians at federal and state level are endemic in corrupt practices at the detriment of the masses… Lets all pray for Nigeria to give us good leaders at all level of government.

          • Otile

            No, Dr Johnson I am not playing tribal card, I am not even from President Jonathan’s ethic group. As a matter of fact many of his tribesmen will erroneously see me as enemy. I am not defending impropriety, not at all. You and I are speaking the same language. Accountability must be the duty of every official, be it the President, the governor of Kano, the Governor of Lagos, the governor of Rivers, members of the House of Senate and Rep, Honorable Ministers, Military Generals. You see, many of them are wanting in their duties but APC singles out the President for castigation. Is that fair, Dr Johnson?

            I agree with you that we should pray for Nigeria, I also add that if Nigeria cannot work as a just and peaceful nation, may Almighty and merciful God grant us peaceful separation.

          • Robinson

            You are right. Raji Fashola is equally crooked and roguish.
            I have no doubt on my mind he’s going to jail next year (2015).

          • endingNaija

            TAN Tanned Jona TAN will tan TAN!

  • Ahoy Seadog

    “If indeed, as Nigeria’s Attorney General Mohammed Adoke suggests,
    Shell and ENI knew that the ultimate destination of the US$1.1 billion

    paid by Shell and the Italian energy company ENI for a Nigerian oil
    block – OPL 245 – would be Malabu Oil and Gas company and Chief Dan Etete,
    then, this transaction might well fall foul of anti-bribery legislation in the
    United Kingdom, the United States and Italy – for the reason that a substantial
    monetary ’reward’ ended up being paid to a company controlled by an individual,
    who had arguably abused his public position to obtain OPL 245 in opaque
    circumstances during the General Sani Abacha dictatorship in Nigeria.”

    “Though Shell and ENI paid the Nigerian government, the funds
    were then transferred shortly after to Malabu Oil and Gas company

    controlled by ex-Oil Minister, Dan Etete, who in 2007 was convicted in France
    of money laundering. According to the current Nigerian Attorney General

    and Minister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, Shell and ENI were fully aware,
    and in agreement, that the money would be transferred to Etete’s company,
    Malabu Oil & Gas.”

    …….…..Global Witness (U.S.A)

    (November 12, 2012)

  • True son of the soil

    Democracy is very beautiful can you imagine what would have happen if it is a military regime? APC keep up with the good work, long live the federal republic of Nigeria