I acted on Jonathan’s instructions as regards withdrawal of $1.3b NNPC cash – Diezani

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Former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke yesterday said she acted on the instructions of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in directing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to release $1.3billion to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), The Nation reports.

She said it was not within the power or discretion of any minister to question or disregard the written directive of a president. The ex-minister made the clarifications through a statement by her Media Adviser, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, against the backdrop of the ongoing probe of the withdrawal of $1.3billion from the accounts of NNPC to fight kidnapping and other security threats in the Niger Delta.

Although about $1.4billion was requested by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) via three memos, for “Intervention for Urgent National Security Projects”, about $1.3billion was released from NNPC’s accounts. But it was unclear what became of the $100million balance as at press time. Mrs. Alison-Madueke stressed that she could not be held liable for carrying out a presidential directive.