The Nigeria Minister of State
Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu’s House in Asokoro, a highbrow area
of the Nigerian federal capital territory Abuja, just beside the Aso
rock presidential villa was set ablaze by alleged Hausa Fulani thugs.
However, many believe that this was NOT unconnected with the $25 billion
dollar corruption issue between Kachikwu and Maikanti Baru, Group
Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Recently, Kachikwu accused Baru of
handing out contracts amounting to the tune of $25 billion, without
recourse to the NNPC board which he (Kachikwu) chairs.
Kachikwu also accused the Group Managing
Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (GMD) of gross
insubordination in the discharge of his duties; and of basically
humiliating him, in his capacity as minister
A report by The Cable indicates that the private residence ofIbe Kachikwu,
caught fire on Sunday, October 15. According to the report, the fire
started in the bedroom of the minister of state for petroleum in the
evening. The house is located in Asokoro, a highbrow area of the Federal
Capital Territory, Abuja.
Although the report has it that the fire
started in Kachikwu’s bedroom, an insider close to the embattled
minister disclosed to Afroinsider that the fire is suspected to have
been the handwork of those who felt that Kachikwu has over stepped his
bounds by speaking up on the massive corruption going on in Buhari’s
Recall the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader
of Indigenous People of Biafra had prophesied that any Biafran who serve
Nigeria will surely come back in shame. This Kanu’s prophesy has become
self fulfilling in the chain of events happening to Ibe Kachikwu at the
Kachikwu is believed to have been
punished for having the effrontery to speak up against alleged bullying
and looting of public fund by the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru.
Baru believes that Kachikwu being a
slave, who should be content with the crumbs falling down the master’s
table and should not have had the audacity to blow open what is going on
in the NNPC.