House of Reps, Whistle blowers blames each other over Stolen 48 million barrels of Crude oil…as House Committee threatens legal action

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By Iyojo Ameh

The Hon. Mark Gbillah led Ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives, probing stealing of 48 million barrels of Crude oil, has threatened to take legal action against members of the George Uboh led Whistleblowers Network over spurious allegations against the committee .

The George Uboh led Whistleblowers Network had in the early hours of Tuesday in Abuja, stormed the main entrance to the National Assembly for protest against the Ad- hoc Committee set up by the House of Representatives to investigate the alleged stolen crude subsequently sold in China for proceed of $4.8billion .

The protesters led by Ambassador Joseph Peter Umoh denounced the setting up of the Ad-Hoc Committee by the House of Representatives when the crime according to them, is already being litigated against in the court of law.

They alleged that the House did not receive any petition from them to warrant such an investigation and that , Hon Gbillah led Ad – Hoc committee did not include them in the list of witnesses invited for public hearing , which to them, raised suspicion of vested interest in the matter by the House and tje Committee itself.

They in their own belief,said that the Ad-hoc Committee should hands off the matter since courts of competent jurisdictions are already hearing cases on it.

But in a swift reaction few hours after in a telephone conversation with journalists covering the Senate, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc committee, Hon. Mark Gbillah said the George Uboh led Whistleblowers Network were nothing but rabble rousers in the matters at hand .

He dismissed all the allegations made against his committee and the House as spurious and threatened that legal action would be taken against their sponsors if they don’t desist from their show of shame.

“In the first place, information on stolen 48 million barrels of crude oil was not given to me or the House of Representatives by the George Uboh led Whistle blowers Network but by Jackson Odey in far away United States of America through a publication in 2020.

“Two, there is nothing sub judice in the mandates given the Ad-hoc committee by resolution of the House which took effect three clear months before the so called whistleblowers went to court.

“Three, the scope of investigation given the Ad-hoc committee, transcended the stolen 48 million barrels of crude oil . It extended to general crude oil export from 2014 till date and investigation on whistleblower findings in the oil sector.

“The George Uboh led Whistle blowers Network was totally out of point to have said it didn’t submit petition to the House of Representatives on the stolen 48 million barrels of Crude oil because the House does not need such, to start its investigation.

“Finally, members of the George Uboh led Whistle blowers Network are hiding behind a finger by alleging that they were not invited by the committee as part of witnesses after earlier pleaded to be treated as anonymous and after meeting with the committee behind closed doors with request for compensation which was not granted them.

“The earlier they know that their rabble rousing cannot stop the committee from forging ahead with mandates given it by the House, the better for them”

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