An outspoken senator representing Kogi west at the National Assembly, has accused the minister of Industry, Trade and Investment of colluding with MTN to illegally move billions of naira out of Nigeria.
Dino Melaye speaking at the floor of the house
The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, has been strongly accused by Senator Dino Melaye, for colluding with teelcomms giant, MTN to illegally move $13.92 billion out of Nigeria between 2006 and 2016.
According to TheCable News, in a motion on the floor of the senate on Tuesday, the senator representing Kogi west constituency at the national assembly, also revealed the names of other Nigerians whom he alleged were complicit in the act.
“The senate notes with serious concern the repatriation of $13.92bn illegally out of Nigeria by Mobile Telecommunication Limited (MTN) through its bankers between 2006 and 2016.
“Concerned that since inception, MTN had sought the collaboration of influential and unpatriotic Nigerians to assist them in looting our external reserves.
“Pained that these Nigerians, including a serving minister who MTN used in moving $13.92bn out of Nigeria, which is over 50 percent of our external reserves floated and incorporated offshore SPVs in Cayman Island, Mauritius and British Virgin Island.
“The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, owner of CELTELCOM Investment Limited with address at No 608, St James, Denis Street, Port-Lewis, Mauritius purportedly claimed to invest in MTN on February 7, 2008, got certificate of capital importation and filled form A on the same date, closed his investment in Nigeria after receiving dollar payment for repatriation to New York same day,” he said.
After listening to the motion by the influential APC chieftain, the senate directed its committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions to carry out holistic investigation to the allegation.