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RE: Jonathan Has “Great Interest” In Controversial Audit Report On NNPC—Auditor General

By Charles Essang

In response to the publication by Premium times:

The reply to the freedom of information request for the Forensic Audit report on NNPC followed template (1)

(INFORMATION NOT HELD BY PUBLIC INSTITUTION) on page 16 of the guidelines on the implementation of the freedom of information Act 2011.

Revised Edition 2013 Issued by the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice on the 27th February, 2013, which specifically defined institutions with "greater interest".

The Office of the Auditor General for the Federation OAUGF followed this legal requirement, and the Civil service rules in the response. OAUGF identified the "Presidency" as the institution in the reply as required by the FOI Act.

For any group of persons or a media House to misinterpret this very important aspect of the Act as casting blame and to personalize any Public interest duly identified as an institution with "greater interest" is mischievous, which in no small measure calls for a legal action and the attention of the Attorney-General as His good Office has been directing.

Barr (Mrs.) Uche Okafor Agbi
For: Auditor General for the Federation.