Reps urge EFCC to probe Hadiza Bala-Usman’s alleged N165bn NPA looting

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Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, ex-NPA MD

The House of Representatives minority caucus has called for an investigation into the allegation of N165 billion fraud that culminated in the suspension from office of a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, by former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawmakers, who made this known in a statement issued by minority leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDP- Delta) described the alleged looting as mindless and another sad commentary on the brimming corruption in the APC administration.

Periscope International reports that Bala-Usman, now President Bola Tinubu’s aide, was alleged to have misappropriated over N165 billion of operating surplus.

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She was also said to have been enmeshed in the diversion of funds running into billions of naira by top officials of the NPA during her tenure.

According to the lawmakers, the looting of such stupendous resources at a time the country is writhing in the throes of worsening insecurity, is disheartening and should not be swept under the carpet.

“We, therefore, urge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately take in the indicted Managing Director, Hadiza Bala-Usman, and commence a system-wide investigation with a view to prosecuting her, if found wanting.

“Such a huge economic crime against the nation, should not be left to an administrative panel of enquiry, but committed to an anti-graft agency for an independent investigation.

“By committing the alleged NPA looting to an administrative panel, political manipulations and partisan influences have taken precedence over what should have been a system-wide investigation into a monumental fraud.

“Our Caucus holds that the mere suspension of the indicted Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, and the resort to an administrative panel of enquiry even after the report by the Supervising Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, exposed an unremitted and possibly diverted operating surplus of N165 billion, amounts to romancing and perfuming corruption by the APC-led Federal Government.

“The Minority Caucus also believes that the recourse to an administrative instead of a full-scale criminal investigation can only serve as a decoy to shield some other APC government officials involved in the looting spree at NPA and other affiliated agencies in the transport sector.

“This is because, apart from the unremitted N165 billion cited by the Minister, other documents and reports from the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation also uncovered several sleazes, including unremitted deduction to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) amounting to N3,667,750,470;$148,845,745.04;€4,891,449.50;and £252,682.14,” Elumelu stressed.

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