I was fired for exposing N11bn petroleum products diversion –ex-NNPC Retail MD

Former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Retail limited, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, yesterday said she was fired for reporting the unauthorised diversion of N11 billion worth of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) belonging to the NNPC by using Capital Oil and gas corporation, to safety companies.

Nnamdi-Ogbue likened her retirement as Head of NNPC Retail Ltd in April to scenes from Nollywood films in which safety businesses turn around to label the whistle-blower, the suspect in a crime.

Mrs. Nnamdi-Ogbue, who gave testimony on the second day of the investigative listening by way of the house of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) into the disappearance of N11 billion worth of merchandise belonging to NNPC, stated that she suggested the diversion of PMS stored in Capital Oil and fuel Lagos tank farm to the Department of State Security Service (DSS) as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). She said that reaction from EFCC and DSS wasn’t best despite spirited efforts via NNPC Retail beneath her leadership to get both groups to make sure the recovery of the products or fee for the goods by way of the oil employer inside seven days as stipulated in the Throughput agreement with Capital Oil and gasoline.

She posited that, the only response she was given from the EFCC after letters written to its performing Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was when operatives from the business enterprise stormed her Abuja residence after she have been forced to renounce through the management of NNPC, to conduct a search, after which the officials left with files referring to NNPC Retail’s agreement with the oil company.

Despite agreeing that she was issued a question straight away after the diversion of the goods were found, which she spoke back to, she insisted that her retirement was an end result of her courage to report the disappearance of products to EFCC and DSS even when Capital Oil and gas has by no means denied diverting the products with out the permission of NNPC Retail Ltd.

The former NNPC Retail boss stated she became warned by way of near friends to resign to save you being embarrassed out of office, whilst she accused the EFCC of leaking a story to a web medium linking her to the Osborne Towers flat where $43 million stash was revealed.

Whilst requested via a member of the committee, Samuel Akintola, if NNPC Retail had workforce tracking non-public depots wherein it stores products and why the diversion wasn’t discovered on time, Nnamdi-Ogbue said the enterprise had a “robust structure” up to the level of general supervisor Operations, NNPC Retail, with the responsibility of tracking merchandise warehoused on its behalf.

Also in response to a question from some other member, Betty Apiafi, on if every other staff of NNPC Retail was sacked over the problem, she said the then General Supervisor, Operations, the Supervisor, Distributions and the Coordinator, private Deports were also relieved of their jobs.

After a slight drama over the failure to region him beneath oath earlier than he began his testimony, managing Director of Capital Oil and gasoline, Ifeanyi Uba, upon taking the oath, held that his organization did breech its agreement with NNPC.

Ubah who expressed displeasure that he heard of the invitation from the committee on social media, burdened that NNPC owed his company about N16 billion.

He questioned why NNPC was just concerned about its claims that it was owed N11 billion by Capital Oil and Gas, but was silent about the amount it owed.

“While we called for reconciliation of these issues, NNPC decided to present the issue to the public and other government agencies and in the process, deliberately left important information.

“NNPC, for example, claimed that we owe N11 billion but failed to reveal that they owe us N16 billion with a key portion of the debt spanning over two years,” Ubah said.

At the early part of his presentation, Executive Director, NNPC Retail, Danjuma Dansure, reiterated that following the intervention of DSS, Capital Oil and Gas made a partial charge of N2 billion in April from N11.144 billion owed the employer for 84,891,730 litres priced at N131.28 in keeping with litre.

He stated that negotiation was still ongoing over the gathered interest of N1,358,407,080 with reference to the Throughput agreement with Ubah’s corporation.