OPL 245 Saga:Col. Umar Raises Alarm over Senate’s Secret Probe



Colonel Abubakar D. Umar, outspoken  former governor of Kaduna state has questioned the decision of the senate to conduct its  investigations into the controversial  OPL 245 saga  behind closed doors.Though Umar commended the senate’s resolve to  investigate the matter, he disagreed with the decision to conduct the probe  in  camera, insisting that only an open investigation can ensure transparency and accountability.

In a statement, Umar who is the chairman,Movement for Unity and Progress MUP  said “We commend the decision of the Senate to investigate the OPL 245 transactions between the Federal Government and Malabu Oil Company on the one hand, and the Federal Government and Shell Nigeria on the other. We cannot however understand the rationale  behind the decision of the senate to conduct the investigation in camera. Only an open investigation can satisfy the need for transparency and accountability.”

Umar said if the senate’s investigations discovered  that any public office holder was involved in the Malabu deal,  then, it should be declared illegal and those involved be prosecuted.

“The crucial element in this investigation is to determine the ownership structure of Malabu Oil Company .If as is being rumoured Malabu is linked to top –serving public office holders when the allocation was made, then not only should the allocation be declared illegal, but the Senate must ensure that the officers involved are prosecuted”,Umar said

Read the full text of his statement below:

OPL 245 Saga

We commend the decision of the Senate to investigate the OPL 245 transactions between the Federal Government and Malabu Oil Company on the one hand and the Federal Government and Shell Nigeria on the other. We cannot however understand the rationale  behind the decision of the senate to conduct the investigation in camera. Only an open investigation can satisfy the need for transparency and accountability.

The crucial element in this investigation is to determine the ownership structure of Malabu Oil Company .If as is being rumoured Malabu is linked to top –serving public office holders when the allocation was made, then not only should the allocation be declared illegal, but the Senate must ensure that the officers involved are prosecuted.

Once again, we advice the Federal Government to review the policy of granting oil blocs to indigenous oil companies that do  not possess the technical competence to engage in this  venture.This policy has only resulted in making a few influential Nigerians  stupendously rich without contributing  to the growth of  the nation’s economy.If we truly  want to empower Nigerians, then the most deserving are the original owners of the land where the acreages are being carved out .

Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd)

Chairman,

Movement for Unity and Progress,MUP

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