The Civil Society Network Against Corruption is a coalition of over One Hundred and Fifty anti corruption across Nigeria. Our primary aim is to constructively and vigorously combat corruption, and to effectively monitor the various Anti-graft agencies in their efforts to combat corruption in the country. we equally strive to enthrone transparency, accountability, probity and social justice in public institutions as best panacea to eradicating the culture of corruption from our national polity.
We are writing to make a demand for your good office to extend your investigation of the NIA with respect to suspected case of missing $202 million. Our demand is based on the report of Punch Newspaper, dated the 30th of April, 2018, wherein details were revealed to the effect that the House of Representatives Committee investigating the alleged money laundering and diversion of public fund in the agency has purportedly discovered $202 million belonging to the NIA as missing.
The House of Representatives committee on National Security and Intelligence has revealed that the sum of $202 million belonging to the NIA is unaccounted for or ‘missing’ and must be recovered by the EFCC.
The discovery came up following the investigation on National Security and Intelligence led by Mr. Aminu Sani-Jaji, a lawmaker from Zamfara State, into the $43 million which the EFCC recovered from a building at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos in 2007.
The said committee in its report revealed that the intervention fund released to the NIA during the administration of the former President Goodluck Jonathan, was a total sum of $289 million. They further revealed that your Commission already recovered the sum of $43 million out of the aforementioned sum, while $44 million was transferred by the Agency to another location for safe keeping. The outstanding balance of $202 million could not be traced, as all relevant persons in connection to the fund could not provide useful answers to the committee, leading to the committee’s recommendation that the whereabouts of the remaining $202 million should be further investigated.
It is worth noting that the NIA’s suspended Director General, Mr. Ayo Oke, was in charge at the time the money was paid to the NIA. It is inline with the said recommendation that we urge the commission to further broaden your investigation on the issue with a view to ensuring that the money is recovered and the offenders prosecuted accordingly.
It was also recommended that all intervention funds given in the last administration to intelligence agencies should be thoroughly investigated in a bid to sanitize the system and rid same of unscrupulous elements who tamper with the said funds for personal gains, at the expense of helpless citizens of Nigeria, some who die almost on a daily basis, as an indirect result of the actions of a few corrupt officials of the intelligence agencies.
We look forward to your usual prompt response and action.