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Kachikwu who doubles as the chairman NNPC board accused Baru of sidelining him and failing to adhere to due process and called for the cancellation of the recent appointments in NNPC.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, are now meeting behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

However, Kachikwu declined comments when accosted by State House Correspondents after the meeting and was escorted out of the building by the special adviser media to the president, Femi Adesina.

It was however obvious that the meeting with the president was as a result of the controversy now rocking the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Mr. Kachikwu arrived the president's office at about 11:33 a.m.

The minister had in a leaked memo to Buhari alleged insubordination and $25 billion (N9 trillion) scandal involving the NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru.

Baru later joined Muslim faithful, including Buhari for the Juma'at service in a mosque inside the Presidential Villa.

The party described as disgusting what it called a high level of looting in the current administration, expressed shock at "the loud silence of President Buhari on the big corruption, the newspaper said".

There were fears of a backlash over the move, and the Senate, during plenary on Wednesday, set up a panel to investigate the activities of the NNPC chief, Punch writes.