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After $43m Saga, Another $202m “Missing” In NIA

After $43m Saga, Another $202m “Missing” In NIA

The usually secretive National Intelligence Agency has become the subject of prying eyes of recent over alleged corruption, with the latest being the sum of $202 million declared either unaccounted for or missing within the agency.

The House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence made the latest revelation in the agency, and called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to move in to recover the sum.

Recall that the agency had been enmeshed in controversy over $43 million recovered from an apartment in Osbourne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos in 2017.

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According to The Punch, a report from the committee’s investigation into the agency revealed that it collected $289 million as intervention funds from the Goodluck Jonathan administration, out of which $202 million remains unaccounted for.

The committee had equally investigated the $43 million find, under removed Director General of NIA, Ambcommnnitee.

It said that apart from the $43 million, another $44 million was transferred to another location for safe keeping while the remaining $202 million appeared to have developed wings.

It said all the principal actors involved could not help the committee’s work as they did not provide any cogent information.

The committee urged the security agencies to wade in to ensure the case is investigated thoroughly and the perpetrators punished.

In the same vein, the committee recommended that appropriate disciplinary actions should be taken against Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele for failing to heed summons to appear before the committee.

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