OrderPaperToday – Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Deziani Allison-Maduekwe Wednesday failed to appear before the House of Representatives adhoc committee on crude oil swap.

This is as two of the companies involved in the oil contract – Trafigura and Duke Oil- are said to have failed to pay taxes worth $647,236,470 million to the federal government.

The Adhoc Committee chaired by Mr. Zakari Mohammed (APC, Kwara) had blown a lot of hot air about having Mrs. Maduekwe appear before it Wednesday March 2, 2016 to explain her roles in the controversial crude-for-petroleum products implemented under her tenure as minister.

Confronted with the absence of the former minister however, the chairman and members of the committee kept mum on the development refusing to refer to the issue.

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The lawmakers instead issued another summon to the permanent secretary of the Finance ministry to appear before it to explain why there the quantity of oil products importation since 2008 was not monitored for compliance with the terms of the purported oil swap agreement agreement.

Meanwhile, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has cleared the air that Trafigura and Duke Oil are obligated to pay its tax to Nigeria in operating the oil swap deals.FIRS Coordinating Director on Domestic Tax Group, Ajayi Bamidele while appearing before the committee said two major oil marketers engaged by Petroleum Pricing Marketing Company (PPMC) for the oil swap regime failed to pay taxes worth $651 million within four years.

From the amount, Trafigura defaulted in paying taxes worth $642,536,470 while Duke Oil owes the country $4.7 million worth of taxes on imported petroleum products under the crude oil swap between 2010 and 2014.

It would be recalled that Duke oil company had refused to pay it tax to Nigeria on the claim that the company was not established in Nigeria but in the United Kingdom.

Earlier at Wednesday’s hearing, Assistant Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ayalogu Anthony revealed that the quantity of oil product being imported into the country were not declared at the border rather reports were simply given to them before the arrival of such content.

“The exact quantity of oil product brought into the country are not known by the
Nigeria Customs Service. We’re not allowed to check it at the border,” Anthony said.

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46 COMMENTS

    • Ow l wish Anini the Benin notorious robber lives to see ow his people 4seek him 4 doing no wrong. It bleeds ones heart the way people tend to find leeway 4 their tribal thieves. God help us.

    • North weeping over another regions God blessings, you guys leave dazieni alone and blame your greedy and selfish leaders who ruled this country for fifty years and left you poor. They kept you guys perpetual darkness so that they will continue to use you to do their wishes during elections.

  1. Reps should live deizani alone for God sake do they want her dead or what this woman is passing through lots of pain infact buhari should resign abeg!

    • Look how foolish tou think cause you are beclouded by sentiment. You are calling presidents resignation simply bcos he want to recouer lost revenue.

    • I don’t know how dis igbos reason 4 God sake, they are too sentimental, imagine what dis one wrote again simply bcoz madueke is frm south south, one igbo guy said govt wanted to kill Rev King bcoz is an igbo man, imagine dat stupid thought, how i wish we part our ways, they are too tribalistic simply bcoz Pmb unseat Gej. Politics with bitterness

    • Ozone Hazzan, u’re right.

      Alfa Sulaiman, don’t mind this guy. That’s what has become of Nigerian. Why do u think we have bad governance? Because people deliberately don’t abhor bad conducts in govts for selfish reasons. Despite the terrible things found to be associated with GEJ’s administration, people still call him the best either because of political party affiliations or because of their relationship with one of his corrupt cabinet members or tribalism and ethnocentrism or other selfish reasons. Buhari’s victory took everyone by surprise who didn’t want him. The extent to which they have remained hateful of him tells volumes of how painful they still feel about his victory till today. If u guys read the Bible, Isaiah 55:8-9 says “Our thoughts are not the thoughts of God, neither our ways His ways. As the heaven is far from the earth, so are His thoughts and ways far above us”. There is what is called “The Will of God” and such is what most Nigerians who hate this administration have failed to understand. The same Bible says ” Do unto others what u would want others do unto u”. Who would not have been happy that he won presidential election in Nigeria? People tend to be happy with their own successes while they wish others failures. They tend to be consumed by dangerous envies, jealousies and hates for other person’s fortunes. Let’s rather pray for them that God might have mercy on them. I like PDP and I like APC as parties. What I hate is bad governance and corruption. The lady and other corrupt persons must have to pay by refunding all stolen funds and probably going to prison, so that even the current APC cabinet will learn good lessons because probe has just started in Nigeria. They should be ready to be probed by the next administration especially if another party emerges. The worst should be expected if PDP comes back. Therefore, what they do now must go with plenty of precaution and the good interest of the governed.

    • This people from this particular part of Nigeria are really behind the corrupt people, their comments both from home and abroad are the same, they can die for any corrupt person as far as the person is members of PDP and mostly from East.

  2. d same noise buhari made in 1984,is d samething 2day….diezani has done well 2 dis country as oil minister we enjoyed pms during his tenure no scarcity or hike….pms was everywhere.u people r just jealous of her reputation&beauty.

  3. Can you see live now, even the Senators are becoming valueless in the face of criminals… hmmm, you guyz better start to do the needful before it’s too late…

  4. why is its oil/gas revenue that we are all killin self frim niger delta region what is really happenin wth gold up north.may god show us his mercies

  5. Look at dis man,they are accusing of oil swap an u are making non sensical statement there,who is dat can not face trial dis is always ur prblm

  6. I think this manimal tagged President was sometime a primitive minister of petroleum, has he return is loots? Where is the clean hand here?

  7. The fools who are against anti corruption war of buhari government are the same people who voted against him in the last election and thank God, they are minority, just as their vote didn’t count in the last election, their views, opinion and comments are useless.

  8. Government of Nigeria shud spare peace on ds woman joorr…. which past nd present leader did nt squander funds is she d only leader known ryt from military regimes? Her z even beta dat exposure cast on her, wat of peopl looting in secret? I believ Buhari wil nt show all d budgets account gotten bkos we dnt knw all his secrecy. Let d past bear d peak of yesterday nd present d peak of today!

  9. Duke oil refused to pay tax worth millions of dollers to FG on excuse that the company was stablished in united kingdom. The company name sounds like one Duke noted for debt and coniful with man’s finit and stupit wisdom bt certainly nt Donald. When i complet my findings if his d one, i’l advice Nigeria for that’s d man’s nature of life. He owes even widows, youths, harlots whom he uses (3 at a time), and has rendered many families frustrated with dead concience yet parade himself as big man. So you see, he can do worse to Nigeria. I’l be right back, let me finish my findings.

  10. Duke oil refused to pay tax worth millions of dollers to FG on excuse that the company was stablished in united kingdom. The company name sounds like one Duke noted for debt and coniful with man’s finit and stupit wisdom bt certainly nt Donald. When i complet my findings if his d one, i’l advice Nigeria for that’s d man’s nature of life. He owes even widows, youths, harlots whom he uses (3 at a time), and has rendered many families frustrated with dead concience yet parade himself as big man. So you see, he can do worse to Nigeria. I’l be right back, let me finish my findings.

  11. Duke oil refused to pay tax worth millions of dollers to FG on excuse that the company was stablished in united kingdom. The company name sounds like one Duke noted for debt and coniful with man’s finit and stupit wisdom bt certainly nt Donald. When i complet my findings if his d one, i’l advice Nigeria for that’s d man’s nature of life. He owes even widows, youths, harlots whom he uses (3 at a time), and has rendered many families frustrated with dead concience yet parade himself as big man. So you see, he can do worse to Nigeria. I’l be right back, let me finish my findings.

  12. I will be OK if they can jail this woman , if she vomit all the money she loot finishes let her go to jail, she is a criminal, how can someone loot the kids of money, she must be punish for what she do,

  13. Hmmmmnn what men can do women can do nd even better. How the mighty are falling. The fear of Buhari the beginning of better Nigeria.

  14. guys I see you pple don’t have any work, assume this woman is ur sister, you we do everything to protect her, you guys should think another things..

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