Barely two days after President Muhammadu Buhari announced a reversal of the suspension of the managing director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Limited (NBET) Dr Marilyn Amobi, the same group of disgruntled workers in NBET that orchestrated Amobi’s suspension have contacted some online medium to allege that Amobi was indicted for corruption.
Some Nigeria Power sector groups have frowned at the continuous disparaging, spurious allegation leveled against Amobi by the disgruntled workers, to achieve their devilish motive, after the federal government has given her a clean bill of health on the allegations raised against her, and reinstated her to the position as the managing director and chief executive officer of NBET.
The federal government had on Thursday 9th January 2020, through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, asked Dr Amobi to resume her duties as the managing director of NBET, after over one week suspension placed on her by the minister of power over purported infractions on the running of the agency.
But the stakeholder’s groups in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Saturday and signed by Otumba Durojaiyi of Energy For All Nigerians(EFAN); Alhaji Omar Daura for Power Projects Watch Syndicated (PPWS); Chief Femi Balogun for Greater Lights In The Villages(GLITV); Elder Victor Edem for Empowerment Through Power and Chief Nze Gregory Okafor for Hope In Buhari Power Projects(HIBPP), said that it was ”becoming more curious on the motives of these disgruntled workers who are using the same willing media firms to perpetuate their long held ambition of making sure that Dr Amobi is sacked from her seat, so that they will continue their nefarious corrupt acts, which the embattled MD has been fighting against since she assumed duty in 2016.”
“There was no time that Dr Amobi was indicted by the anti-corruption agencies. Rather, the so called indictment which they kept referring to in their various reports was a wishy-washy paper report someone from one of the anti-graft agencies, in collaboration with the same set of people at NBET, hurriedly put together and circulated to some media houses some years back, which spuriously stated that the MD had some questions to answer.
“But since then, it has been proven that the so called indictment was meant to achieve personal motive of some persons, and to disgrace Dr Amobi and get her removed as MD of NBET. It will be important to note here that since that so called indictment, the ICPC has not found it fit to arraign Dr Amobi, showing that the so called indictment was orchestrated to achieve a personal motive.”
The statement went further to explain that for the Presidency to have called Dr Amobi back to her position as MD of NBET, showed that nothing indicting was found from all the allegations leveled against her by her detractors, adding that the “action of the minister of power in asking her to go on suspension, was to have a thorough and an unhindered investigation, which has been concluded by a four-man panel and the report handed over to the federal government, as alleged by the minister of power, even though Dr Amobi was never invited to defend herself or hear her own side of the story in the course of the so called investigation by the four-man panel.”
The group advised media houses and other agents of those working together to ousts Dr Amobi as MD of NBET, to wait for the outcome of the report, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari knows that all the allegations leveled against Dr. Amobi were false, thus the need to restore her to her position, after going through all the reports submitted to him by the same anti-corruption agencies, and finding her not guilty.