Senegal President seeks truth on oil corruption claims

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Senegal’s President Macky Sall says his government will find out the truth behind a BBC investigation which said that his brother, Aliou Sall, benefited from an oil deal.

In his first comments since the BBC Africa Eye’s report on Monday President Sall said he  wants the truth to be re-established and the government would begin the investigation without delay.

He said he wanted to see the proof behind the BBC report and that while people could be punished “we we will not accept false accusations”.

The BBC Africa Eye reported on Monday that  Aliou Sall was paid $25,000 a month for five years over the deal.

Aliou Sall has said the BBC report is not true.

In the report, the BBC also said that oil giant BP had agreed to pay around $10bn (£8bn) to businessman Frank Timis involved in the energy deal.

BP bought his stake in a gas field off the coast of Senegal for $250m in 2017.

Documents obtained by BBC Panorama and Africa Eye revealed that BP will also pay his company between $9bn and $12bn in royalties.

Both BP and Mr Timis deny any wrongdoing.