Integrated Logistics Services Limited (Intels) has differed with claims that political interference in its operations by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration forced former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to divest his interests from the company.
Atiku, who announced the decision to divest his shares in Intels through a statement issued by his media aide, Paul Ibe, accused the Federal Government of trying to destroy the company for political considerations.
However, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Tommaso Ruffinoni, Intels countered Atiku and said that its business has not been hindered by the government saying that its decisions had been devoid of political considerations, while it had always operated according to market logic.
The statement read: “Intels Nigeria Limited and its parent company, Orlean Invest Holding, in relation to some statements that appeared in the press categorically deny that its business has at some time been hindered by political influences from the current government.
“The company has always operated according to market logic, thanks to its history and commitment to the development of the Nigerian economy in the oil and gas logistics sector.
“The ongoing contradictions are part of a natural commercial divergence, which will hopefully be resolved, as in the past, by a new approach, in the interest of all the parties, also according to the social role that Intels plays in the country.”