The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and his brother, Dumebi Kachikwu are embroiled in a bribery scandal that may further put to test the Buhari administration’s mouthed mantra of zero tolerance for corruption.
According to a report by THEWILL, all is not well between the Kachikwu brothers and their erstwhile ally, Mr. Igho Sanomi, the chairman of Taleveras Oil, following the Minister’s inability to deliver oil contracts to the businessman as agreed after allegedly receiving over a billion naira in kickbacks.
The brewing crisis in the scandal is that the Kachikwus are unwilling to return the kickbacks, which Sanomi paid partly in naira and some choice properties in Maitama-Abuja and Banana Island-Lagos.
Sources knowledgeable about the development said that Sanomi has been pressuring the Kachikwus to return his monies and houses that were transferred to the Minister upfront through Dumebi to facilitate oil contracts while he served as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Total payments to the Minister, who hitherto doubled as the NNPC boss, from Sanomi are estimated to be close to N2 billion as at when the shady deal was consummated, insiders say.
Dr. Kachikwu, a former top executive at Mobil Oil, was once the most powerful and influential cabinet official in the Buhari administration while he superintended over the NNPC. The notoriously corrupt public official was even planning to run for the governorship of Delta State under the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, but presently that power and influence are gone…Associates say his mobile phones are now often silent and the visitors’ register in his office are dotted with empty lines begging to be filled.
Leave your views in comments box below.