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Reps probe $44m NIA fresh scandal

by KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja

January 16, 2018 | 1:44 pm
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The House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled plans to investigate the fresh financial scandal on the sum of $44 million allegedly carted away from National Intelligence Agency (NIA) vault in Abuja.

According to Diri Douye, sponsor of the motion, the financial scandal came barely two weeks after Rufai Abubakar, the newly appointed NIA Director General assumed office.

While ruling, Speaker Yakubu Dogara directed the House Committee  on National Security and Intelligence to investigate and report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative action.

Douye also stressed the need for the House to investigate allegation bothering on the identity, citizenship and competence of the new NIA Director General in response to public outcry.

“The President and Commander-in-Chief recently approved the appointment of a new Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) in person of Rufai Abubakar.

“The House is concerned that the identity, nationality, citizenship and even competence of the new DG has become a subject of public speculation and controversy.

“The House is disturbed that the NIA has again been visited by another sandal merely two days after assumption of office by the new DG where $44 million cash in the agency’s vaults in Abuja was allegedly carted away.

“The House is aware that the nation is yet to recover from the shock of the #Ikoyigate safe house scandal involving $43.4 million, N23.3 million and £27,800, the report of which is yet to be made public.

“The House is further disturbed that the issues of the controversy over the appointment and the cash scandals paint a poor picture of our national security and diminishes the reputation of the agency in the eyes of the Nigerian public and the international community,” Douye noted.

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by KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja

January 16, 2018 | 1:44 pm
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