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Reps To Probe Missing $44m From NIA



The House of Representatives has expressed worry over recent controversy surrounding the $44 million carted away at the National Intelligence Agency, NIA two days after the New Director General, Rufai Abubakar assumed office.

This is as it noted the concerns raised over the identity, nationality and competence of the new DG who replaces the former DG, Ayo Oke who was relieved of the position.

LEADERSHIP recalls that the former DG NIA was sacked after he was fingered in the monies found in a flat in Ikoyi.

To this end, the House mandated it’s Committee on National Security and Intelligence to conduct investigation into the money allegedly stolen from the agency’s office.

The decision follows the adoption of a motion on the need to investigate the alleged carting away of $44 million from NIA and issues surrounding the appointment of it’s new DG sponsored by Hon. Diri Duoye.

Leading the debate, Duoye noted that since President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the appointment of the Rufai Abubakar, there have been controversy surrounding his citizenships as well as his qualification for the position.

He also lamented allegations of missing $44 million from the agency following his assumption adding that these controversies portrays a negative image of the nation’s security.

“The House is disturbed that the NIA again has been visited by another scandal merely two days affter assumption of office by the new DD where $44 million in the agency’s vault in Abuja was allegedly carted away.

“Aware that the nation is yet to recover from the shock of Ikoyigate Safehouse scandal involving $43.4 million, $23.2 million and £27,800, the report of which is yet to be made public

“Further disturbed that the issues of the controversy over the application and the cash scandal paints a a poor picture of our National Security even as it will diminish the reputation of the agency in the eyes of the Nigerian public and the internal community”, he said.



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