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EFCC urged to probe ex-NEMA DG

An anti-corruption group, the Network Against Corruption and Trafficking Initiative (NACAT), has called on the National Assembly and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),…

An anti-corruption group, the Network Against Corruption and Trafficking Initiative (NACAT), has called on the National Assembly and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to probe the former director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed, over alleged abuse of office and due process.

The group alleged that Ahmed abused due process and awarded contracts to his friends, relations and cronies.

The group said it has already petitioned the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions chaired by Honorable Mike Etaba to conduct a public hearing and investigate the issues raised, saying it is ready to defend its allegations.

The executive director, investigation, NACAT, Tega Oghenedoro, while addressing journalists at a press briefing in Abuja, said, “Our mission today is to draw the attention of the public to our recent efforts to curb corruption in our beloved country, Nigeria.

“We have intercepted several financial infractions committed by persons in public office. These infractions include; money laundering, massive corruption, gross abuse of public office, owning and running private companies while in office and false assets declarations contrary to the provision of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Our investigations are contained in various petitions already before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions. The catalogue of those found wanting in the various infractions includes the former director general, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed.

“We recall that Walter Samuel Onnoghen was removed as the chief justice of Nigeria in April 2019 following a petition to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) by an NGO for not disclosing his assets in line with the provisions of the law. It is on this note that we as a civil society organisation wrote to the NASS Committee.”

The group also said it has petitioned the same committee to investigate the office of the Solicitor General of Nigeria, a director at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), for owning and running private companies while in office and false assets declarations.