NEMA Probe: Impose A Total Inquiry On The Ongoing Investigative Hearing
An anti corruption advocacy group, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, through a letter, urging him to impose a total inquiry on the ongoing Investigative Hearing of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) activities.
The letter addressed to the Speaker was issued and signed by CESJET’s legal adviser, Edward Omaga, Esq.
According to the anti-corruption group, the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness should be asked to invite the former NEMA DG, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, the 6 suspended Directors and other indicted persons or organizations for a thorough probe and not allow itself to be consumed by political vendetta against political enemies of the Speaker.
The letter dated 20th of April 2019, alleged that the ongoing probe seems to be targeting the current Director general, while the real culprits walk about freely.
It also alleged that some persons in the House of Representatives are desperate to cover the tracks of the former Director-General and the suspended 6 Directors about the alleged fraud and violation of public trust.
Recall that NIGERIA NEWS had earlier reported that an anti-corruption group, New Initiative for Credible Leadership (NiCReL) had also alleged plans by some people to smear the name of the present NEMA DG and also cover up for the suspended NEMA officials.
The letter reads partly, “Honourable Speaker sir, you are very much aware that upon resumption of duty of the current Director-General, the funds left in the coffers of NEMA was a meagre N4.6 Million and a liability of N1.5 Billion.”
“The immediate past Director-General, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, paid for contracts without proper documentation and maintained 20 different accounts in various banks despite his public servant status. The EFCC found suspicious deposits amounting to 164, 000 US Dollars in his domiciliary account at Standard Chartered Bank alone, all within 18 months. At the same time, he had up to £58, 000 in his Pounds Sterling Account.”
“The records are clear that the suspended Director of Finance and Accounts, Akinbola Hakeem Gbolahan, also maintained many bank accounts with questionable transactions. In particular, his account in GTBank Plc contained suspicious deposits totalling N27, 650,000. Also, deposits of over £37,000 and $120,000 were found in his domiciliary accounts, and much of these deposits flowed directly from NEMA.”
“Similarly, the acting Director of Special Duties, Mr. Umesi Emenike, diverted funds meant for programmes and maintenance of the South-South Zone operations of NEMA under his supervision. The funds were paid directly into his accounts (14 of them have been discovered by EFCC in various banks), instead of the Zonal Office Account.”
“Mr. Emenike was found to have withdrawn freely in cash, by electronic transfers or through ATM Machines, without any evidence of the money being used for NEMA activities.”
“An EFCC report indicated that the Director of Risk Reduction, Mr. Alhassan Nuhu, also maintained five bank accounts which were apparently used as conduits to receive and distribute money from NEMA coffers.”
“According to the report, so far, Mr. Nuhu has not been able to give a satisfactory account of the transactions, including NEMA funds moving through him to a company called Dambo Farms Limited.”
The report also indicted others like the pilot in charge of NEMA’s Air Ambulance, Mamman Ali Ibrahim, the Director of Welfare, M. Kanar Mohammed