ABUJA, March 12 Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan has authorised a forensic audit of the national energy
company, the presidency said on Wednesday, after weeks of public
uproar over an alleged $20 billion in undisclosed revenues.
Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi presented evidence last
month to parliament that he said showed the Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) failed to remit $20 billion that it
owed to federal government coffers. NNPC has repeatedly denied
Sanusi was suspended by Jonathan days later for what he said
was unrelated "financial recklessness" and "gross misconduct" at
the central bank. Jonathan has given authorisation for
"reputable international firms" to carry out the audit, the
presidency said, without naming the companies.
(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by