Yemie Adeoye 17 February 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has dismissed allegations that its staff collect a N25 per litre mobilisation fee from marketers before allocating kerosene to them as lies fabricated by some persons to tarnish the image of the Corporation.
It would be recalled that a national daily carried a report over the weekend stating that NNPC officials collected bribes amounting to N195bn from marketers before allocating kerosene to them.
He said that petroleum marketers under the aegis of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) have come up with statements denying ever paying any amount of money beyond the approved N40.90 per litre ex depot price for kerosene, adding: “Our depots are known, 22 of them across the country. And members of our staff are also known. It will help the system if those making the allegations could furnish us with evidence of extortion so that we could investigate and take necessary action. Until we are given evidence, we maintain that what is reported remains a rumour”.