The House of Representatives has on Tuesday mandated its committee on national security and intelligence to investigate reports of $44 million allegedly missing from the vaults of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The sponsor of the motion which led to this resolution, Rep. Douye Diri, observed that this latest report is coming too soon after over $43million of the same agency were discovered in a block of flats in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The fund, $44million in cash, which was kept at NIA vaults at its headquarters in Abuja was said to be been removed to an unknown destination, according to reports.
The alleged evacuation was reportedly carried out two days after Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar was appointed as its new Director-General by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Moving the motion, Douye expressed concern that the NIA is enmeshed in another scandal barely two days after the new DG assumed office.
“The nation is yet to recover from the shock of the `Ikoyigate Safe House’ scandal involving 43.4 million dollars, 23.2 million naira and 27, 800 pounds, the report of which is yet to be made public,’’ Douye said.
The lawmaker also called for a probe into the appointment of Abubakar as the new NIA.
According to Douye, the identity, nationality, citizenship and competence of the new DG, have become subject of public speculation and controversy.
“The controversy surrounding the appointment and the cash scandal paints a poor picture of the country’s national security and diminish the reputation of the agency,’’ he said.
Contributing, Rep. Toby Okechukwu (Enugu-PDP) said that the controversy was causing the country monumental embarrassment.
Okechukwu urged the Committee to expedite action on the investigation and make its findings public.
The Committee is to submit its report to the House in two weeks.
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