‘Yar’Adua in coma when contract was signed’

MORE riddles have beclouded the 2010  ill-fated Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) which led to the award of a $9.6billion judgment against Nigeria.

Preliminary investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) indicated that the contract was signed by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources at the time the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was already in coma.

The anti-graft agency is probing the likelihood of the forgery of the signature of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Rilwan Lukman, who was known for his high ethical standards.

Detectives are after a former legal director of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga, who was central to the negotiation between the Federal Government and P&ID.

Also, a raid of an office believed to be that of P&ID in Lagos and Abuja at the weekend left the EFCC detectives stranded because there were no signs of the presence of the company in Nigeria.

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It was learned that the EFCC team discovered from the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC) that there is another firm registered as P&ID Nigeria Limited with two Nigerian directors.

It was learned that when one of the directors was called on the phone last Wednesday, he admitted being on the board of P&ID Nigeria Limited and agreed to meet with the EFCC team on Friday.

The director, however, had been unreachable to the operatives.

The second female director is said to be a security agent in Qatar.

According to sources, EFCC investigators preliminary findings revealed that the contract was shrouded in secrecy.

The highpoint of the initial investigation is the fact that the contract was signed when Yar’Adua was in a coma.

The former President was flown to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in November 2009 for treatment of a heart condition.

But after three months in Saudi hospital, Yar’Adua was brought back to Nigeria and he remained incommunicado till his death on May 5, 2010.

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The source said: “So far, detectives have discovered that the GSPA was signed on January 11, 2010, when Yar’Adua was already in a coma. There was no evidence of presentation to the Federal Executive Council(FEC).

“They took advantage of Yar’Adua’s illness and vegetable state. Even ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who took over as Acting President cannot say much about it because the agreement was done in a suspicious manner and limited to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

“The whereabouts of a former Director of Legal in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga was unknown. Our detectives have not been able to get across to her. We need her assistance. She superintended over the GSPA six months to her retirement.

“We are probing clues that Lukman’s signature might have been forged for the deal. He was a meticulous and an experienced international stakeholder in OPEC. Those who worked with him expressed doubts that he would sign such an agreement without FEC approval.

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“We are suspecting a case of forgery. We will do a forensic analysis of all relevant documents.”

Updated: September 3, 2019 — 11:43 am

29 Comments

  1. Hmmmm………………………………………………………………………………

  2. Mehn nigeria is even more corrupt and dense than we thought(at least the government) this is no news abeg whats next on BBN?

  3. i dont really blame them at all because they know Nigeria is a very rich country so we should be able to pay whatever

  4. We want our money back because those involved know themselves and they should be investigated.

  5. Late President Musa Yar’Adua is a legend his death pain me a lots, but on this issues of corruption is only God who can help us on it…

  6. i dont really blame them at all because they know Nigeria is a very rich country so we should be able to pay whatever

  7. He is the best president from the north ever may his soul rest in janat fridaus

  8. good job efcc do more to fitch every bad egg in our country Nigeria

  9. This is to tell you that most the problem we having is from those at the top

  10. Corruption has affected the country so many time.they sign contract worth that money but were is the money

  11. They took advantage of Yar’Adua’s illness and vegetable state. Even ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who took over as Acting President cannot say much about it because the agreement was done in a suspicious manner and limited to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

  12. He was a very good President of this country Nigeria, the truth is we all missed him

  13. They should be thoroughly investigated and if found guilty, the should pay with their lives

  14. He was in comma and they signed it that’s to show our high level of corruption, that man is the best president Nigeria has ever had

  15. all i know is that thiis nation ll be fine again and i know i know i will be there

  16. Thanks you so much admin for the information about yar’Adua because he was the best president i ever know ……..

  17. Unfortunately igbis so sad that a lot of crazy things happen in Nigeria though especially when contract aggreement and money are involved.

  18. All I look forward to is a great and better Nigeria where Nigerians will be proud of being called Nigerians.

  19. Nigeria I Hale thee. This is the highest level of corruption in this nation. I pray everyone in this case will be fished out. Why do we hate ourselves so much.

  20. Nigeria, a country where it’s citizens and government are fraudsters.

  21. Having gone this far to unearth this mystery, the investigators all the deserve accolades . I pray they get in contact with madam Grace in time.

  22. He was one of the best president this country has ever had we really miss him

  23. we all Nigerians really missed yar’adua as the president of this country because he actually has big dreams for us to accomplished before death took him away from us . keep on resting in the arms of almighty.

  24. This is serious!! The then minister of petroleum should be investigated on the signature

  25. Corruption in high places, it’s been long that the cankerworm has being ravaging the Nigeria economy and what have we done to curtail it till now? Absolutely nothing!

  26. i dont really blame them at all because they know Nigeria is a very rich country so we should be able to pay whatever

  27. The man have already death, they should live his matter aside….

  28. Only God can help us to solved the problem of petroleum in Nigeria 🇳🇬 yar’adua that’s his are late president even have coma on this issue of petroleum and even are ex president Goodluck Jonathan cannot even say much God help us

  29. It was learned that when one of the directors was called on the phone last Wednesday, he admitted being on the board of P&ID Nigeria Limited and agreed to meet with the EFCC team on Friday.

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