￼The former Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi.[PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]
Marilyn Amobi, the embattled Managing Director of the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company Limited (NBET) reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday was indicted by Nigeria’s main anti-corruption agencies over corruption allegations.
Apart from the two main anti-graft agencies, EFCC and ICPC, Nigeria’s auditor-general also found Ms Amobiculpable of maladministration.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday overruled the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, by reversing the suspension of Ms Amobi. The agency has also been moved from the ministry of power to the ministry of finance, an action described by sources in the agency as ‘curious’.
On December 24, Ms Amobi was suspended by Mr Mamman, who claimed that the move was in continuation of the government’s effort to reorganise and sanitise the Federal Ministry of Power and its affiliate agencies.
Consequently, a five-member investigative committee was constituted to probe the myriad complaints leveled against Ms Amobi.
The suspension of Ms Amobi came after PREMIUM TIMES reported how she instigated the arrest and detention for several hours of nine top officials of the bulk trader by the State Security Services (SSS, also called DSS). The embattled MD had been accused of abuse and intimidation of employees in recent time, with concerns over workplace safety and teamwork among staff members.
On Thursday, Mr Buhari ordered the reversal of Ms Amobi’s suspension, with stakeholders expressing concerns over the decision to move the agency to the finance ministry. The president had earlier ordered the reversal of the suspension of the immediate past Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi.
The reason for Mr Buhari’s decision remains unclear Friday morning, as industry players await detailed information amid uncertainties.