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NSA/NDLEA: Presidency, NASS poise for showdown over alleged N3.96bn fraud

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The Presidency and the Nationwide Meeting seem poised for a showdown because the Senate has vowed to make use of constitutional energy to pressure the Nationwide Safety Adviser, (NSA), Main Gen. Babagana Munguno and the Chairman/Chief Government of the Nationwide Drug Legislation Enforcement Company, (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa to seem earlier than its Committee on Public Accounts for probe over alleged N3.96bn fraud.

The looming showdown follows the continued refusal of the NSA and the NDLEA Chiefs to seem earlier than the Senate for explanations on the alleged fraud totalling N3, 967, 000, 000.

Açcording to the chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South), the ONSA was anticipated to deal with the difficulty of unlawful diversion of N3.5 billion meant for the Nationwide Automotive Design and Improvement Council, NADDC, to accumulate autos for navy officers whereas the NDLEA, which had 11 queries, is enmeshed with a complete of N467million alleged fraud.

Irked by the refusal of each Mongunu and Marwa to seem earlier than the committee, Senator Urhoghide vowed that the Nationwide Meeting will use each constitutional means to pressure each the NSA and the NDLEA Chief Government to seem earlier than it to make clarifications on the problems raised within the Auditor Common’s Report.

He mentioned: “We wrote to NDLEA in 2018 to seem earlier than us, they didn’t reply, however acknowledged the letter and one other letter was written on February 1, 2021 three years after, they solely despatched written response, they’re supposed to seem bodily, they acknowledged the letter and despatched response on March 21.

“We wrote a letter, they didn’t do bodily look, we wrote one other letter to them on June 9 and scheduled the company to seem earlier than us thirtieth of June, NDLEA refused to seem, they solely acknowledged the letter.

“On thirtieth of August, we wrote one other letter to the NDLEA for them to seem on September twenty ninth and so they additionally refused to seem bodily.

“We don’t have a reference for character, no one is larger than us, we advise them of their finest curiosity to seem, we’re warning them for the final time, we’re going to use each constitutional means to pressure them to seem earlier than us.”

On the NSA, the chairman mentioned, “the committee is investigating the Workplace of the Nationwide Safety Adviser over the diversion of N3.5 billion meant for Nationwide Nationwide Automotive Design and Improvement Council, NADDC, to accumulate autos for navy officers.”

“NSA ought to come and make clear, we should not have different points instantly with him, we implore him to ship any individual of competence or seem in individual,” Senator Urhoghide mentioned.

The NDLEA had in response to the question by the Auditor Common of the Federation, mentioned it was not conscious of any invitation from the Senate.

“I’ve checked by all of the related channels inside the company and no one is conscious or has obtained any such invitation from the Senate committee.

“I’m, nevertheless, conscious that the problems raised had been adequately addressed by the earlier management of the company lengthy earlier than the incumbent Chairman/Chief Government got here into workplace,” the company’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, mentioned.

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