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The minister of petroleum resources of Nigeria and present chairman of OPEC, Mrs Alison-Madueke has responded to rumours that she had sought help from some top Nigerians to help prevent her from being indicted in the incoming government.

These rumours she debunked when she talked about the $1.48bn NNPC unremitted fund.

Mrs Dieziani said, “I have not sought such assistance because I am not aware that I have been indicted of any crime that I will need a soft landing.

“Over the last four years, I have many times been unfortunately accused and libelled in so many malicious and vindictive ways.

“I have explained these things and pushed back robustly on these accusations and I have even gone to court on many of them. Yet, they keep being regurgitated.”

On the unremitted fund which was part of the findings of an audit firm, PriceWaterHouse Coopers, Mrs Diezani added that the monies wasn’t diverted as people would want to believe.

She said, “The PriceWaterHouse Coopers forensic audit that was done few weeks ago in his recommendation mentioned
that $1.48bn was owed by the NPDC for a block that had hitherto been assigned from the NNPC to the NPDC which is
its subsidiary.

“They felt that the right process would be that the NPDC will refund that money to the Federation Account. The NPDC has apparently started those refunds and it is also in discussion with the NNPC and the DPR on same. So the refund has actually began.”

It was in a meeting with the State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of Federal Executive Council that these statements were made.

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