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Published On: Mon, Dec 17th, 2018

Oil companies are part of Nigeria’s economy problems, says Obono-Obla

Okoi Obono-Obla: chairman of Presidential Asset Recovery panel works with US, UK authorities

Oil companies contribute to the economic adversity of the country, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, Chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property has said in a press briefing in Abuja, on Monday.

According to him, the companies are denying the country oil taxes and royalties that will help government develop infrastructure.

“We are investigating some of these companies for tax evasion, failure to pay royalties. Five oil companies have not remitted over 1 billion dollars to government.

“We will get to the root of the matter,” he said.

While reeling out other achievements of the panel in 2018, Obono-Obla said that with the Executive Order 6, which had to do with travel ban, the panel had compiled the names of about 39 public officers who were under investigation.

“We have compiled their names and submitted to the Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service so that they would be placed on travel ban,” he said.

On the Panama Papers, he said the Panel was in partnership with the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) investigating Nigerians allegedly implicated in the Paradise Panama Papers.

“Findings will be made available to Nigerians in due course.

“The Panel is investigating the Tumsah brothers – Tijani Tumsah (Vice Chairman, Presidential Initiative on North East) and Ibrahim Tumsah (Director, Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing) for alleged abuse of office and corruption.

“The Panel has recovered an assortment of 86 brand new luxury and sophisticated cars from the duo; 23 of these vehicles are bullet-proof without the requisite permits.

“We have since obtained an interim order of forfeiture from FCT High Court in Abuja in respect of these properties,” he said

The chairman expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, for courageously leading the fight against corruption.

“We are also grateful to the President for his complete support and demonstrable resolve not to interfere with our operations in anyway,” he said. (NAN)

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