Reps grill Malami over $2.4bn illegal oil sale


The House of Representatives is currently grilling the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), over the alleged illegal sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil in China valued at over $2.4bn from 2014 till Date.

Malami, in company with the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice/Solicitor-General of the Federation, Beatrice Jedy-Agba, appeared before the House ad-hoc committee.

It is the second time that Malami and Jedy-Agba will be appearing since the probe began.

When he first appeared before the committee on April 27, 2023, the minister, had told the lawmakers that the allegation that 48 million barrels of crude oil valued at over $2.4bn was illegally sold to China is false.

While the ministry made a written presentation to the committee, Malami restated his earlier position about the allegation and the probe.

He asked the lawmakers to avail him of documents and facts at their disposal to assist him in aiding the investigation.

According to Malami, “The allegation is unfounded. It is lacking in merit, and indeed lacking in substance.

“It is in its own right – the allegation – devoid of any reasonable ground pointing to a material suspicion that is cogent enough to invoke the constitutional oversight of the committee”.

The minister added that there were no particulars of the vessels that transported the fuel to China.


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