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NNPC Staff Stole $2.06bn Worth of Crude Oil in 2015 Says Samano Sa De CV

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NNPC Stole Crude Oil Worth $2.06bn in 2015

Samano Sa De CV, an oil trading firm, has said the officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stole 48 million barrels of crude in 2015.

The oil firm said despite informing NNPC and top government officials of the theft, they did nothing until the stolen crude oil was moved from China and sold illegally by both NNPC officials and government officials.

In a letter titled, ‘Formal Request for the Payment of five per cent Whistleblower Compensation For Information Furnished In Respect of Crude Oil Stolen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria’ and signed by a lawyer, Gboyega Oyewole, on behalf of the oil firm, the company said Mr. Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, NNPC and Mr. Umar Mohammed were informed of the stolen crude oil and expected to act immediately.

Samano Sa De CV also stated that a subsequent letter written to President Buhari on the stolen crude oil was prevented from reaching him.

The stolen crude oil now worth $2.06 billion, going by the current crude oil price of $43 per barrel.

Samano Sa De CV letter read in part, “Sequel to this policy, our client, being a reputable and credible company, promptly brought to the knowledge of the Nigerian Government, information as to criminal activity involving the NNPC and the stolen product.

“This information was given to high ranking officials of the Nigerian government to wit; Mr Mele Kyari, the Managing Director of NNPC; Mr. Abba Kyari, the then Chief of Staff to the President; and Mr. Umar Mohammed.

“Consequently, it was agreed that an investigation into the stolen product should be made to ascertain the veracity of the information and garner more facts as to the fraudulent activities.

“It was also agreed that if the information is found credible, the perpetrators of the offence would be apprehended and that compensation due to our client for the information brought forward would be awarded.

“Further to the above-stated discussions, our client through its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jose Salaza Tinajero (its representative) wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari notifying him of the stolen products as advised by the high ranking officials.

“The said letter was delivered to Mr Umar Mohammed, who to the surprise of our client, failed to deliver it to the President.”

Attached to the letter were documents including bank transfers, names of vessels and their captains to further validate Samano Sa De CV claim that the crude oil has been sold illegally by some officials in connivance with NNPC officials.

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Oil Marketers: Panic Buying Ahead of Possible Increase in Pump Price

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Oil Marketers in Panic Buying  Mood Ahead of Possible Increase in Pump Price

A new finding has shown that filling station owners are presently in panic buying mood ahead of a perceived increase in pumping price of petrol in August.

Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency during the weekend said pumping price could rise due to the surge in oil prices in recent weeks.

According to experts, pumping price could hit 150 per litre this month, especially after comments from the president of the agency validated that possibility.

Billy Gillis-Harry, the National President, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, said “There is panic buying and it is because of the worry that prices will be reviewed either downwards or upwards. But because of the marginal rise in crude oil prices, the calculation is that petrol price could go up.”

He added, “That is the situation and this was why we requested that there should be a stakeholders’ engagement every month or quarterly so that we can be sure of what to expect.”

He, however, said a lot of marketers have said they are not going to hike price immediately, particularly if there was an increase in the price of petrol in the month of August.

The PETROAN president said, “Many of our members have been buying products since (July) 22nd and now they have products lined up, hoping that if PPPRA increases price, they will manage the cost in a way that Nigerians will know that we are not out to profiteer.

“We are out there to give service. So if we got products at this current rate of about N143 and they are ready to shoot the price up to N155, which is what is being anticipated, we will still sell at N143.”

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NNPC Refutes Samano Sa De CV Theft Claim, Says no 48m Barrels Missing

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NNPC Says no 48m Barrels Missing, Called Samano Sa De CV Blackmailer

Following Samano Sa De CV publication that 48 million barrels of crude oil valued at an estimated $2.06 billion was illegally moved in 2015 from the country to China and eventually sold despite the company informing the then Chief of staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari and other top government officials. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has now denied any knowledge of such theft.

In a letter signed by Mr Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), NNPC’s lawyer from Afe Babalola & Co., and addressed to Samano Sa De CV’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Ogunwumiju claimed that the letter sent to the corporation was “not only unfounded but frivolous”.

He described the whole whistleblowing of Samano Sa De CV as “a gold-digging scheme” aimed at “blackmailing and extorting money from our client and the Federal Government of Nigeria”.

The NNPC’s lawyer stated, “We wish to emphatically and unequivocally state for the record that our client vehemently denies your client’s claim that it provided any information to NNPC or the Federal Government of Nigeria which information led to the identification and/or recovery of 48 million barrels of stolen Nigerian Bonny Light Crude Oil stored in the People’s Republic of China.

“Accordingly, it is our client’s position that your client is not entitled to the payment of five per cent of the value of the allegedly stolen crude or any amount whatsoever as compensation for information it purportedly gave to the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of the said stolen crude stored in the People’s Republic of China.”

He also stated that “it was impossible to ship 48 million barrels of crude oil from Nigeria to China without any record or trace of same” especially because, “as of 2015, the daily production of crude ml in Nigeria was below 1.6 million barrels.”

Ogunwumiju added, “Therefore, 48 million barrels of crude oil would have been the total production capacity of the whole country for a month.

“It is simply impossible that one-month crude oil production would disappear without any record or trace.”

According to him, notwithstanding the firm’s failure to provide evidence to support its claims, “relevant officials of the government were mandated to proceed to China to verify the claims of the existence of the said stolen Nigerian crude oil.”

He stated, “The said delegation discovered that the Samao’s claim was false and baseless. Consequently, the government severed communications with the syndicate.

“Miffed by this, Messrs Ramirez and Jose Salazar Tinajero, acting as agents of Samao, resorted to blackmail and intimidation of key officials of the government and the NNPC, threatening to make public information that the said 48 million barrels of oil had been recovered, sold and the proceeds therefrom, looted by some government officials and the NNPC when it was aware that this was untrue.

“They also demanded $125,000,000 from the said government officials, which was conveniently and rightfully ignored.

“Thereafter, NNPC reported this case of attempted blackmail to the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force.”

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Nigeria to Reduce Crude Oil Production Cost to $10 Per Barrel

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NNPC to Reduce Cost of Crude Oil Production to $10 Per Barrel

Mallam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has said the corporation is working on lowering crude oil cost of production from $17 per barrel to about $10 per barrel.

Kyari disclosed this at Seplat Energy Summit 2020, titled “The Impact of Global Energy Transition on African Economies” held on Thursday.

He said “We are making efforts to drive down the cost of crude oil production to $10 per barrel. We are doing that mindful that it doesn’t stifle investments or hamper the growth of local content and capacity.”

Nigeria’s high cost of production compared to other oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq that are producing at around $5 to $6 per barrel has rendered the demand for the nation’s oil uncompetitive in recent months following over 60 percent decline in global oil prices.

The high cost of production continues to hurt Nigeria’s revenue generation and ability to service its growing debt, especially with crude oil now trading between $40 and $43 per barrel.

Experts have said Nigeria must broaden its revenue generation by taking advantage of its vast gas resources and improve tax collection efficiency.

Kyari said “Aside driving down the cost of production, we are also focusing on gas development. We have huge gas resources which can be harnessed to power industries and engender development.”

“It is very important that we have connectivity in Africa in terms of economic activities and oil and gas infrastructure. That is why we are working hard to have the Trans African Gas Pipeline and to expand the West African Gas Pipeline.”

Other speakers at the summit were Mr. Mike Sangster, MD, TOTAL E&P Nigeria; Mrs. Audrey Joe- Ezigbo, President, Nigerian Gas Association, and Mr. Roger Brown, Seplat CEO Designate.

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