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Alleged Character Assassination: I Stand By My Statement, Lokpobiri Replies Wabote


The Minister of State for Petroleum – Oil, Sen   Heineken Lokpobiri,  on Tuesday replied to the immediate-past Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote, insisting that in his capacity as chairman of the Governing Council, he stands by his statement at The Petroleum Club’s quarterly event in Lagos recently. 

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 Simbi Wabote, had reportedly accused Lokpobiri, of character assassination, treachery and ‘waste’ agenda in a lengthy statement said to have been circulated to newsmen in Lagos.

The former NCDMB Executive Secretary was said to have described as false narratives, claims made by the Minister that 90% of the Board’s Intervention Fund managed by BOI is not performing, as well as other falsely presented remarks on the activities of the NCDMB, adding that his ordeal with Lokpobiri started when he rejected his request of N30 billion.

But, in a statement by Nneamaka Okafor, the Special Assistant, Media and Communication to the Minister of State Petroleum -Oil, Heineken Lokpobiri, some of his revelations are not new, but were first made during an investigative hearing of the House of representative committee on local content.

The statement reads:”Our position is that he who alleges must prove the same. So if Mr Wabote has proof of such conversation he is challenged to provide the same.

“Secondly the Minister has no aide called Blackson. All his aides were duly selected in line with extant laws and have documents to that effect.

“The Minister in his capacity as chairman of the Governing Council stands by his statement at The Petroleum Club’s quarterly event in Lagos, and as journalists I welcome you to visit the places mentioned to verify the allegations for yourself.

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