DPR denies demanding bribe

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Mordecai Danteni Baba Ladan, DPR Director
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has denied demanding for bribe from a retired Navy Captain and an Aviation Consultant in order for him to carry out his awarded contract.
The Head of Media, DPR, Ms Dorothy Bassey, said this in a statement made available to NAN, while responding to an allegation by Rtd. Navy Capt. Jerry Ogbonna against the department.
According to the statement, the allegations were untrue, describing them as malicious and libellous.
It said that one Obyke System Consult Ltd, owned by the said Ogbonna, regarded as the contractor, was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR).
The said contract was to procure three Seven-Seater Helicopters for the inspection and monitoring of offshore facilities for the sum of N742.5 million.
The statement said the contract was to be executed in phases, adding that the contractor could not procure the appropriate type and number of helicopters as required under the contract.
It said the complaint was severally brought to the contractor’s attention by both MPR and DPR.
“It said that all attempts to accommodate the contractor failed as he continued to fail to meet its minimum obligations under the contract.
“The contractor’s Managing Director, Rtd Capt. Jerry Ogbonna, then resorted to threats and insulting behaviour (both verbal and written) towards various staff of the DPR Osten Olorunsola, which led to Ogbonna writing a letter of apology to the then Director.
“Following efforts to salvage the contract, Ogbonna was paid the sum of N45 million net (being 15 per cent) mobilisation for phase 1 of the contract into the contractor’s account with Fidelity Bank.
“However, the CBN then admitted that a clerical error had resulted in the contractor’s account with Diamond Bank being credited with another N45 million net, the statement said.
“At no point did the DPR authorised the payment of …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper