It may have become traditional for every new Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to become a veritable tool for fraudsters that seek to hoodwink vulnerable investors into fake deals in the Nigerian oil industry. The new GMD, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, is the next in series after Thlama Dawha, Austen Oniwon and Andrew Yakubu. And disclaimers about the activities of fraudsters normally emerge from the media units of NNPC Towers in the first two months, indicating that scammers are normally prompt with the game.
NNPC weekend disclaimed the use of the name and office of “Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, by some unscrupulous individuals for fraudulent purposes.” The corporation explained that it was notified of the activities of some fraudulent person that go about engaging unsuspecting members the public, particularly stakeholders in the global Oil and Gas industry, promising them appointments with the GMD or facilitating procurement contracts and other business deals with the corporation.
“The Management of NNPC wishes to state categorically and unequivocally that neither The Group Managing Director nor its Management has mandated any individual or group of individuals to represent the Group Managing Director or any of the Corporation’s interests in any transactions outside the official process.
“The general public and stakeholders are hereby advised to ignore anyone or group of persons purporting to represent the NNPC or its Group Managing Director in any capacity to facilitate appointments or contracts of any kind. “The new NNPC is transparent and follows due process and requires no intermediaries to procure contracts or engage in any business with it.
Anyone found to be engaged in such nefarious activities should be treated as an impostor”. The Corporation further warned that the full weight of the law will be brought on anyone caught using the name of the Corporation or its Chief Executive Officer for fraudulent purposes.