The Minority Caucus of the Nigerian House of Representative has asked the anti-graft commission EFCC to probe the suspended Nigerian Ports Authority NPA’s Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman.
Recall that President Buhari had on suspended Mrs Bala Usman, whom he had reappointed for a second 5 year tenure as the head of the port in January following the expiration of the first appointment in 2016.
In a statement sent out by the President’s official spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the President was said to have approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Transportation to set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the management of the Port. Read also: EFCC To Probe Bola Tinubu For Corruption – Reports
The Minority Caucus in a statement signed today, Monday, by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, insisted that such 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.
“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 romancing and perfuming corruption by the APC-led Federal Government”, the statement read in part. Read also: Hadiza Bala-Usman: FG Probes New N3.6bn And $150m Non-remittances By NPA
“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. Our Caucus therefore ask 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”, the statement added.
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