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Reps grill Malami over $2.4bn illegal oil sale

The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), was grilled by the House of Representatives regarding the purportedly illicit sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil in China, which is worth more than $2.4bn.

Malami, accompanied by Beatrice Jedy-Agba, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor-General of the Federation, is appearing before the Ad Hoc Committee of the House to investigate the alleged loss of over $2.4 billion in revenue from illegal sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil export in 2015, as well as crude oil exports and sales by Nigeria from 2014 to present.

The ministry submitted a written presentation to the committee, and Malami reiterated his earlier stance on the matter, urging the lawmakers to provide him with the relevant documents and facts to aid the investigation.

Since the probe began, Malami and Jedy-Agba will be appearing for the second time.

When he appeared before the committee on April 27, 2023, the minister stated that the accusation of the illegal sale of 48 million barrels of crude oil worth over $2.4 billion to China was untrue.

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