Chairman Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi) on Tuesday, January 23, alleged that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is operating an illegal account with Keystone Bank with a current balance of $137 million.
Melaye who raised a point of order during yesterday’s plenary said the NNPC domiciled the Brass LNG Ltd, Joint Venture Company (JVC) account at Keystone instead of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as required by the law.
According to him, ''While some individuals and government appointees will continue to steal, we have decided to continue to expose corruption in public life.
''This morning, I call the attention of the Nigerian Senate to a suspected, colossal, monumental corruption in NNPC.
''A company was registered with the name ‘Brass LNG Limited’ with the federal government having controlling shares. We have some Italians, Belgians and French as shareholders, with the Federal Government with a controlling share of about 50 per cent.
''It is a known fact that once you have a joint venture, the account of such joint venture will be domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria. But in this case, that was not what happened. In private, the account was opened with Keystone Bank; this account has no BVN and there has been periodic withdrawals.
''The last withdrawal from the account was to the tune of $4m. As I speak to you, the balance of that account as of today is $137m.'' The Senate, however, mandated its committees on public accounts and gas to investigate the activities of Brass LNG, alleged to be running an illegal account in the name of the federal government.
Drawing the attention of senators to the issue on Melaye's accusation that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of operating a dubious account in the name of the Nigerian government.
The senate in its resolution mandated its committees on public accounts and gas to carry out a ‘holistic investigation into the activities of the Brass LNG and the complicity therein as well as the level of corruption that has taken place and report back within four weeks.