Nigeria’s coordinating minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has refused to release the much-publicized probe set up to investigate the alleged missing $20billion, which she admitted could be between $10bn and $12bn, from the country’s treasury through the NNPC.
In February 2014, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is both Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, told Nigerians that the federal government had appointed independent auditors to look into the books of the NNPC and unravel the huge theft which had been exposed by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who was at that time governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Sanusi, who is now Emir of Kano, was booted out of the CBN by President Jonathan for exposing the alleged scandalous graft and misappropriation of funds at the NNPC. Sanusi also exposed the laundering of billions of dollars in revenues that ought to have accrued to the NNPC by shady businessmen close to the president, especially Jide Omokore.
Okonjo-Iweala, deflecting criticism, re-affirmed in May that the accounting firm, Price Water House, had been hired to probe the allegations and that the report would be ready by the end of November.
On December 7, one week after that deadline, Sahara Reporters wrote to the minister requesting a copy of the audit. Neither the minister nor her assistant on Media, Paul Nwabikwu, responded to the request.
Sahara Reporters also contacted Price Water House global offices in the US to request information about the completion of the audit and to ask for a copy. In a conversation with Steven Silber, who serves as press contact for PWC’s Auditing and Accounting Center for Board Governance, Risk Assurance Services Deals, he requested an email stating our request.
The email was sent immediately but till date Mr. Silber did not respond to it
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