The Senate had set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, to investigate an alleged $3.5 billion account kept by the NNPC for petrol subsidy payment.
Baru had, while appearing before the committee last week, said the NNPC had only spent $1.05 billion from the NLNG dividend account to defray the cost of “under-recovery” in the importation of fuel.
The President of the Senate, Dr. Olusola Saraki, told journalists at the Ilorin Airport, that he had received series of telephone calls on the issue from many concerned Nigerians.
He said the callers wanted to know the position of the Senate on the issues raised by NNPC’s GMD before the Lawan-led committee.
Local media reports quoted a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, as saying that the Senate President noted that the disclosure by the NNPC boss in response to enquiries by the Senate panel called for further investigation by the Senate.
The reports added that Saraki stated that it also showed that, as alleged in a motion moved earlier by the Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, “a lot of illegal and unapproved spending are going on in the petroleum corporation”.