NNPC Audit Report: Auditor General to drag Premium Times to court

By Post Nigeria April 30, 2015 17:35

NNPC Audit Report: Auditor General to drag Premium Times to court

The Auditor General of the Federation Mr. Samuel Ukura is upset over the misinterpretation of his remarks on the Forensic Audit report on the alleged missing Nigeria National petroleum Corporation, NNPC funds has threatened to sue Premium Times for presenting his statements in false light.

Premium Times an online media outlet had reported that the Auditor General of the Federation said the failure of his office to publish the report of the forensic audit on the NNPC was due to President Goodluck Jonathan’s “great interest in the case.’’

The media house stated that President Jonathan’s administration had more special interest in the audit than his own office and the auditors.

In reaction, the Auditor-General in a statement said; “the reply to the freedom of information followed template (1) (Information not held by public institution) on page 16 of the guidelines on the implementation of the freedom of information Act 2011.

    “Revised Edition 2013 issued by the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice on the 27th February, 2013 specifically defined institutions with greater interest.

    “The Office of the Auditor General for the Federation, OAUGF, followed this legal requirement, and the Civil service rules in the response.

    “The Accountant General Office identified the ‘Presidency’ as the institution in the reply as required by the FOI Act.”

    “For any group of persons or a media House to misinterpret this very important aspect of the Act as casting blame and to personalize any Public interest duly identified as an institution with “greater interest” is mischievous, which in no small measure calls for a legal action and the attention of the Attorney-General as His good Office has been directing”.

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday stated that he would look into the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s claims that the NNPC failed to remit $20 billion oil money to the federation account.

In response President Jonathan ordered the immediate release of the NNPC forensic audit report through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.