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Malami breaks silence on authorizing auctioning of seized oil vessels

According to gathered reports by Scannews24, the auctioneer meant to earn 3% of the sale.

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The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has claimed that the authorization allotted to some operators within the oil industry to sell 5 vessels containing crude oil and diesel relinquished to the Federal Government, was legal.

This was disclosed in a press document signed by Umar Gwandu, Malami’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, on Sunday.

He was responding to stories on media that the AGF supervised Omoh-Jay Nigeria Ltd to get rid of the crude oil and diesel by means of an auction.

Malami also contended to have granted the agency consent to sell five vessels regardless of the actual fact Jerome Itepu, the Managing Director, stood trial on the Delta State High Court in Asaba, for allegedly looting N384m worth of approximately 12,000 metric tonnes of crude oil in 2009.

According to gathered reports by Scannews24, the auctioneer meant to earn 3% of the sale.

The AGF, Malami, has however refuted any wrongdoing.

“Assuming, without conceding that Omo-Jay is being tried for a criminal offence, if indeed any, does that take away the Constitutional presumption of innocence in their eligibility to apply and be considered for auction?” the assertion learn partly.

“If the allegation is that of breach of process and procedures of disposal of assets, Sahara Reporters need to clearly state which processes and procedures were breached,” he added

SOURCE: Scannews24.com
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