PDP Vanguard, a forum on Twitter, has alleged that Mohammed Indimi, in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari, owns a refinery in Niger Republic.
The forum suggested that the refinery is reason behind Nigeria’s recent deal to import petroleum products from Niger Republic.
Guess who owned the Niger republic Refinery?
Indimi, the in-law to Nigerian minister of petroleum, and also the president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
— PDP Vanguard (@PDPVanguard) November 21, 2020
Garba Deen Muhammad, Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, disclosed the deal in a statement in Abuja last Thursday.
He said the MoU was reached following bilateral agreements between President Muhammadu Buhari and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.
He said talks had been ongoing between the two countries for over four months – through the NNPC and Niger Republic’s National Oil Company, Societe Nigerienne De Petrole (SONIDEP) – on petroleum products transportation and storage.
He explained that Niger Republic’s Soraz Refinery in Zinder, some 260 kilometres from the Nigerian border, has an installed refining capacity of 20,000 barrels per day.
According to him, the country’s total domestic requirement is about 5,000 barrels per day (bpd), thus leaving a huge surplus of about 15,000 bpd, mostly for export.
Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, is married to Indimi’s son, Ahmed.