REVEALED! Official extortion responsible for fuel scarcity – petroleum marketers - Abuja Press

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REVEALED! Official extortion responsible for fuel scarcity – petroleum marketers

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The last has not been heard of the litany of scandals involving the immediate family of President Buhari and some of his ministers. Reliable sources in the petroleum industry have contacted this paper to expose an alleged extortion racket in the sale and distribution of petroleum products.

An oil marketer has told this paper how Dumebi Kachikwu, brother to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has been using fronts men to collect "up-front payments" in US dollars supposedly to help fund President Muhammadu Buhari's 2019 re-election campaign.  According to the source, who doesn't want to be named due to the sensitive nature of the story, the illegal upfront payment imposed on petroleum product distributors was the prime reason for the persistent scarcity of fuel being experienced all across Nigeria in recent weeks. Further investigations by our reporters indicate these allegations may have basis as they were confirmed by at least two very senior staff of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC), of which Dr. Kachikwu doubles as managing Director in addition to his ministerial portfolio.

Last week Wednesday March 23, Dr. Kachikwu had stated at the presidential villa that he was not a magician, and that fuel scarcity would continue in Nigeria for another two months. That statement earned the federal government the ire of the public and led to APC leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu condemning the minister's "flippancy" and "insult' on Nigerians. And just a few days ago, the opposition People's Democratic Party had accused the Wife of the President Mrs Aisha Buhari of having collected 22 million US dollars from the Central Bank of Nigeria, which she allegedly sold at a huge profit at the black market. Meanwhile, both President Buhari's nephew Mallam Mamman Daura and Chief of staff to the President, Abba Kyari are well-known associates of the owners of Sahara Oil, according to sources within the oil industry. 

However, what is not known is whether President Buhari himself is aware of these allegations?  Are the family members and Chief of Staff partners in Dumebi Kachikwu's extortion scheme in the oil industry?  is the wife of the President  Aisha aware of this extortion scheme or a partner. are Mallam Mamman Daura the nephew, Abubakar Samaila Isa the son-in-law, Samaila Isa Fatua, the father-in-law involved? Nigerians are asking the President to please talk to the Nation as we all know that this is contrary to what he stands for? The citizens are waiting, Mr President.

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