Nigeria’s scandal-ridden energy corporation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC is again enmeshed in another one.

This time, it is dealing with allegations of selling its crude oil to companies that do not exist.

But on Thursday, the corporation denied in an official statement that it had dealings with companies without legal existence to lift and sell Nigeria’s crude oil grades.

In the statement in Abuja by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, the corporation said the companies were duly registered at the Corporate Affairs.

Ughmadu insists that the companies in question are not ghosts.

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“AMG Petroenergy Limited, Brittania-U, Cassiva Energy, Hyde Energy, Masters Energy, Bono Energy Ltd and Sahara are not ghost companies.

“Contrary to the assertions, NNPC duly entered into the 2017/2018 crude oil term contracts with the companies in their appropriate registered corporate existence.

“Furthermore, the companies collectively lifted a total of 8.8 million barrels of crude oil valued at 436.35 million dollars as at 30th October 2017 contrary to the claim that 67.2 million barrels were lifted,” Ughamadu’s statement read.

“The corporation wishes to place on record that all crude oil lifting transactions are backed by irrevocable letters of credit issued by investment grade banks and, therefore, all payments are pre-secured.

“The lifting by the seven companies and all other off-takers are bound by these requirements,’’ the statement added.

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