The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
On Thursday, the People’s Democratic Party in a statement to the presidency, Muhammadu Buhari stated that this became necessary after an alleged loot of #165 billion Hadiza Bala Usman was removed from the office of Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
Auditor-General office also revealed the alleged theft of unremitted deductions to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) totalling N3,667,750,470. $148,845,745.04, Euro 4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 during her time at the NPA.
Meanwhile, the PDP has said that “the fact that it took the minister a clear six years (2016 to 2021) to query the NPA Managing Director, over the looting of N165 billion unremitted operational surplus of the agency, raises public apprehensions of an afterthought, which only came after indicting audit documents had already been exposed.”
The opposition party has also demanded President Buhari should not just “ease-out” Bala Usman, but must go-ahead to bring her before the law to take its cost.
The PDP tasked the EFCC to without delay invite Bala Usman for questioning and prosecution over the alleged fraud, inclusive of the reported stealing of N15.18 billion through alleged shady Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects by the NPA.
In addition, the PDP said, “standing with Nigerians, we will continue to closely monitor the actions of the Buhari administration and resist attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sweep the matter under the carpet in the desperation to shield many of its leaders involved in the reckless looting in the NPA, particularly, finances relating to the 2019 elections sleaze funds.”