Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken responsibility for granting authorization to the NNPC for two oil contracts worth N640 billion.

A statement by Presidential Spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said Mr. Osinbajo approved the contracts in his capacity as acting president in July. 

“In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture financing, VP Osinbajo, as Ag President approved recommendations after due diligence,” Mr. Akande said.

The admission comes a day after the curious part of the NNPC's response to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu’s allegations on Monday amplified. 

The NNPC had stated in the response that two presidential approvals were granted to the NNPC for contracts with Shell Nigeria and Chevron at the rate of $1 billion and $780 million respectively. 

But when reached on Tuesday for clarification on Tuesday, the NNPC and the presidency could neither confirm nor deny at the time. 

Details soon…

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

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