Minority accuses BNI of shielding persons linked to contaminated oil

Mr Haruna Iddrisu,Minority Leader.

Mr Haruna Iddrisu


The Minority in Parliament has accused the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) of trying to shield persons culpable in the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) contaminated oil saga.

“We can sense a cover up in respect with the matter of selling contaminated oil by BOST which bothers on fraud, corruption and abuse of office,” Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, told journalists in Parliament yesterday.

BOST has been at the centre of national discourse in recent weeks after it was alleged that five million litres of contaminated oil had been sold out to a company linked to the managing director of the company, Alfred Obeng Boateng.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus, at an earlier press conference, called for the head of Mr Boateng, claiming that the financial loss to the country in the deal hovered around GH₵14.25 million and demanded that the oil, which they claimed was already being sold on the open market, be evacuated.

Their position was supported by energy sector think tank, the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), and other civil society organisations who have all called on Mr Obeng to step aside as the issue was being investigated.

The regulator, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) confirmed that more than 400,000 litres of the contaminated oil, bought by Moviinpina, the company at the centre of the deal, has been sold out to Zupp Oil, a company which is not licensed to do so, raising fears that the product could indeed be on the open market.

The furore led to the formation of an eight-member committee by the Energy Minister to probe the scandal.

Mr Iddrisu, however, in yesterday’s media interaction said their information indicated that the BNI was asking for the dissolution of the eight-member constituted by the Energy Minister, Mr Boakye Agyarko, to investigate the scandal.

That demand by the BNI, Mr Iddrisu, MP for Tamale South said, “can only be a gargantuan cover up in a matter that is fraudulent. We believe that this action of the BNI can only be sowing the seed of corruption in our country and also preventing sunshine on matters that are of public interest.”

He said the admission by the NPA, that the companies involved in the deal were not licensed to deal in oil raises issues that needed to be properly investigated and culprits brought to book.

By Julius Yao Petetsi


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