A group, the Voice of Arewa Youth (VAY), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a neutral body to probe the alleged claim that the NNPC withheld N3.8 trillion of the N8.1trillion generated in three years.
Mallam Bello Khalifa, the Coordinator of the group, who gave the advice in Abuja on Wednesday at a press conference, said the body would also unravel the 2.1 billion dollars alleged to have been deducted from the ECA by ex-Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala, without approval.
He said: “Our fear is that the exercise, if not properly handled, might not yield the expected result ; this is evidenced in the suspicion that exists between the members of the present executive and the previous one.
“I urge Mr President to reconsider the team he had chosen so that the result will be acceptable to all when it comes out.”
It would be recalled that the National Economic Council (NEC) recently set up a committee comprising Gombe, Edo, Akwa-Ibom and Kaduna state governors to look into the accounts of NNPC and Excess Crude Account (ECA).
The committee is mandated to unravel N3.8 trillion not remitted to the Federation Account by the NNPC between May 2012 and May 2015 and the 2.1 billion dollars alleged to have been deducted from the ECA without approval.