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Reps probe PSC over N1bn ‘extra-budgetary spending’, others

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts Monday set up a sub-committee to investigate alleged N1.066bn extra-budgetary..

The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts Monday set up a sub-committee to investigate alleged N1.066bn extra-budgetary spending and others by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The committee frowned at alleged payment of funds into some private accounts of the PSC officials allegedly not retired.

The chairman of the committee Wole Oke, stated this in Abuja at the public hearing based on audit queries by the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation.

The queries were on N17,824,680 received by the PSC from the Service Wide Vote in 2013, N1,853,456 in 2015, N336,696,142.65 in 2018, N400,000,000 in 2019, N17,733,944 in 2019 and another N292,290,001.51 in 2019.

PSC Permanent Secretary, Williams Alo; and Director of Finance and Account, Brighten Saagwe, made oral defence of the expenditures which followed an earlier written presentation by the commission.

In the written defence, the PSC said the N17,824,680 received from the Service Wide Vote was utilised to pay severance allowances of the former chairman and two full-time members of the commission whose tenure expired on April, 14, 2013.