Minister Arrested Over Alleged Oil Theft


Emmanuel Ihenacho

A former Minister Of Interior ,Captain  Emmanuel  Iheanacho has reportedly  been arrested in Lagos.He was picked up in connection with alleged oil theft.Investigations into a company linked to him led to his arrest.

The ex minister is believed  to have been handed over to the State Security Service,SSS   as  investigations continue into the affair. Iheanacho had a controversial tenure as a minister as he was suspended only to be  reinstated  and later laid off.

While announcing the suspension of the minister pril 2011 in a  a statement Mr. Ima Niboro who was then , Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity said: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has ordered the immediate suspension of Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho as Minister of Interior and member of the Federal Executive Council.

“Capt. Iheanacho has been directed to hand over to the Minister of Labour, Mr. Emeka Wogu, who will, in addition to his present portfolio, oversee that ministry.”

Reports  at the time said  Olisa Metuh a PDP topshot from the South East  lamented   what he called  at the time the disloyalty of then minister to the ruling party in his home state saying he had asked the president to call him to order whilst also directing the Imo State chapter to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate his activities and recommend necessary sanction against him. Metuh  added then that “The president has shown that he is a peaceful man and that he has a listening ear.

But Iheanacho’s arrest on Saturday which came as a surprise to outsiders  is bound  to generate intense interest.A security official reportedly  said the ongoing arrests may help stem the tide of oil theft on Nigeria’s waters.

President Jonathan recently said it was very embarrassing that Nigeria was the only country where oil theft has remained rampant.

Source: News Diary



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