Abuja Lawyer Asks Court to Stop Senate from Inviting Baru

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Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru
  • OPEC’s output hit second-highest level in September

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An Abuja-based lawyer has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to restrain the Senate from inviting the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, over the allegation contained in a leaked letter written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

This is coming as crude oil production by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) hit the second highest monthly level this year in September, returning to growth after the oil cartel’s output fell for the first time in five months in August.

In the suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/953/17, the plaintiff, Johnmary Chukwukasi Jideobi has also asked the court to set aside the October 4, 2017 proceedings of the Senate on the ground that the Senate’s planned investigation is based on the contents of an unconfirmed document of doubtful origin.

According to the originating summons, the counsel to the plaintiff, Ramsey Abuchi Omego wants the court to determine “whether in view of combined reading of Sections 5 and 88 (2) (a) and (b) of the amended 1999 constitution, the investigative powers of the Senate is extendable to the contents of documents with unconfirmed doubtful origin forming the basis of a probe into the activities” of Baru in his management of the NNPC.

The plaintiff is also seeking an order declaring the October 4, 2017 resolutions of the Senate as illegal and therefore liable to be set aside.

He also wants the court to set aside and void the votes and proceedings of the Senate conducted on October 4, 2017.
The plaintiff has also asked the court to issue an order restraining the Senate from acting on the votes and proceedings of October 4, 2017.
The defendants in the suit include: the NNPC; the Group Managing Director of NNPC; the Senate President and the Senate.

The Senate had set up an ad-hoc committee to carry out “holistic investigation” into allegations of corruption against Baru, which are contained in Kachikwu’s letter.

In a related development, OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report, released yesterday, showed that the cartel’s oil production hit 32.75 million barrels a day in September, up about 88,500 barrels a day from the previous month.
The report showed that Nigeria, Libya and Iraq saw the biggest output increases last month.

OPEC slightly raised its forecast for world oil demand in 2017 and 2018, and sees a strong market for distillates this winter.

It raised its forecast for world oil consumption in 2017 and 2018 for a third-straight month.
OPEC forecasts the world’s appetite for oil will grow by 1.5 million bpd this year and 1.4 million bpd in 2018.
The cartel raised both forecasts by 30,000 bpd, citing higher-than-expected demand in China and developed nations this year and an improving economic outlook in 2018, particularly in Russia and China.
The improved demand outlook from both OPEC and the International Energy Agency last month underpinned the oil market rally in September.

OPEC and other major oil exporters, including Russia, had resolved to keep about 1.8 million barrels per day of supply off the market through March.
The goal is to shrink global crude stockpiles and drain a glut that has weighed on prices for the last three years.
Nigeria and Libya, both exempt from the production cuts, led the gains with monthly increases of about 50,000 bpd each.

Nigeria’s production held above 1.8 million bpd for a second month.
The country has said it will consider production limits once its output stabilizes above that level.
OPEC gave Nigeria and Libya a waiver because internal conflicts caused big production declines in both countries last year.

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  • Pete

    This attempt to block legitimate inquiry shows clearly that serious wrong-doing has taken place.
    Obviously Baru and Abba Kyari are fronts for Buhari.
    It worked for him at PTF using Salihijo of Afri-Projects Consortium who was Aishai’s brother.
    Now he’s employing the same scheme.
    Buhari seems to be the most successful fraud in Nigerian history!

    • Chuma Anierobi

      Buhari is a conman.

      • Joseph Adugu

        And is represented by a con Biafran lawyer. In saner societies, lawyers that defend criminals are made to face the law, but here in Nigeria, our lawyers are proud defending high profile criminals helping them in securing frivolous injunctions for them. The case of Peter Odili is still fresh in our minds where he got a perpetual injunction restraining all the security agencies from arresting and trying him. What a country. Baru said he did not commit any wrong doing, so why is he afraid of probe? In civilized societies lawyers advise clients to plead guilty when the evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. Here they abandon trials based on facts and resort to technicalities. Too bad.

  • PRIME MINISTER

    Baru said he did the right thing, why not simply explain same to the Senate, finish.
    Going to stop senate investigation tells there is more to be told.
    It is interesting how GEJ and PMB reacted to allegations against NNPC.
    GEJ commissioned Pricewaterhouse coopers to carry out a forensic audit of NNPC over sanusi’s allegations of missing money.
    PMB asked NNPC to tell nigerians that all is well. Efforts by senate to investigate are now being blocked.

    • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

      It is a tragic irony that our courts are always being used to frustrate justice.

    • okbaba

      Impeachable offence. #impeachthepresident