Falana had requested detailed information on the loss of the revenue through his letter dated April 10, 2019, and received by Kachikwu’s office on April 11.
He threatened to sue the minister if his demand was not met within seven days of receiving his letter as prescribed by the FoI Act.
In an April 11, 2019 reply, the minister, through his Chief of Staff, Ms. Oge Modie, acknowledged Falana’s letter but neither supplied the requested information nor promised to do so in future.
The terse letter with reference number MPR/COS/042/VOL.1/795, and signed by Modie, reads, “On behalf of the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kackikwu, this is to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated April 10, 2019 and received on April 11, 2019 on the above subject matter.”
Falana had explained in his letter to the minister that the huge loss of oil revenue was caused by the refusal of some public officials to implement the terms of the Production Sharing Contracts between the Federal Government and the international oil companies.