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EXCLUSIVE: Multi-Billion Naira Financial Fraud, Job Racketeering Scandal Rocks National Board For Arabic And Islamic Studies




The Professor Muhammad Shafiu Abdullahi-led administration crew of Nationwide Board for Arabic and Islamic Research (NBAIS), Kaduna is presently enmeshed in monetary fraud and job racketeering working into billions of naira.


A supply within the company advised SaharaReporters that Abdullahi violated a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on probity and accountable dealing with of funds.

He accused the NBAIS boss of defrauding the company with unlawful award of contracts to members of the family and shut allies.

The supply added that Abdullahi ‘mafia styled administration’ has drained the funds board with none important undertaking to match the billions of naira allotted to it yearly, and set it on an imminent path of failure.

“Even the workers of the company are usually not spared in relation to the torturing and denial of their entitlement worthy of observe is the 33% of our annual wage because of us for exams supervision which has by no means been paid since 2018.

“We the workers have been so annoyed that we now resort to make use of of private assets for logistics throughout trainings and different official engagements.

“This man hurriedly carried out recruitment train previously to cowl up irregularities in within the boards data, workers salaries and different claims as mirrored within the board’s monetary data stay contradicted,” the supply stated.

He added that the introduction of the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System (IPPIS) uncovered some corrupt actions of Abdullahi however was coated up by his ‘godfather’.

“Cash meant for the cost of workers salaries launched earlier than the migration to IPPIS by no means bought to them, regardless of Muhammad Shafiu Abdullahi receiving the funds.

“Every time a few of us raised this concern, we have been at all times threatened with termination of employment as he at all times dealt with the board as a private household enterprise.

“He’s at all times bragging that, together with his godfather, the Honourable Minister of Training, Dr. Adamu Adamu and different extremely positioned Nigerians throughout the Buhari authorities, he’s immune from any type of probe and prosecution.

“This brings President Buhari’s anti-corruption marketing campaign into questioning. If President Buhari’s acclaimed struggle on corruption is something to go by, Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi must be within the jail by now,” the supply added.

One other supply who’s near the NBAIS boss alleged he boasted of not being perturbed as a result of, he has efficiently sorted his godfather and all these related companies which will have the capability to probe him on the quite a few petitions written in opposition to him by quite a few civil society organisations.

He stated, “Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi short-changed the workers of the board and the Federal Authorities of Nigeria by looting funds meant for the event of the board by means of contract racketeering and job gross sales. It’s on report how he employed his youngsters, in-laws and shut family within the board.

“A few of his youngsters solely resigned lately on account of questions being raised in some quarters, whereas they’ve been linked to the businesses dealing with unexecuted contracts within the board.

“Most workers are usually not pleased over his actions and are able to help with extra details about him not minding in the event that they lose their jobs within the course of.”

In the meantime, a gaggle, Anti-Corruption Community Initiative, has referred to as for the sacking of Abdullahi.

Chatting with SaharaReporters, Convener of the group, Solomon Semaka accused the NBAIS boss of arm-twisting and muscling company’s staffers to submission by instilling undue fears into their minds.

“We maitain that it’s preposterous for the training sector to be managed by evil folks within the society as they don’t look after the quite a few lives their perverted nature impacts negatively,” Semaka stated.

“The scenario if left to fester will encourage crime in our society. A scenario the place a corrupt individual like Prof. Muhammed Shafiu Abdullahi is allowed on the helm of affairs of such an important workplace with out a correct judicial inquiry is completely disheartening and doesn’t undertaking Nigeria and our training system in good mild. 

“A person whom has claimed to be a non secular and supposedly neighborhood chief has gone so low in curruption and it is insufferable for us as civil society group.

“It’s attention-grabbing to notice that we have now written to the board for clarifications on the obvious evidences we bought from our investigation, nonetheless, they’ve saved mum which is a proof that each one the factors listed out can’t be disputed.

“Prof. Abdulahi has been in performing capability as registrar of the board for about 5 years now and nothing to point out for the ‘a lot funds’ on the board’s disposal.

“We’re calling on all our sister organizations and different well-meaning Nigerians across the nation to return out en masse and be part of us as we march to the Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF) and the Presidential Villa to name for the elimination of this corrupt man.”

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