The major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party has urged the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to prosecute Hadiza Bala-Usman who was recently lost her appointment as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority
The opposition party said this because of “over exposed looting of the N165 billion in the agency.”
Speaking in a statement on Thursday, the party “insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari should not just “ease-out” Bala-Usman, but must go-ahead to prosecute her over the alleged looting including revelations from the office of the Auditor General, which also unearthed the alleged stealing of unremitted deductions to Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) amounting to N3,667,750,470. $148,845,745.04, €4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 during her watch at NPA.
“The PDP charges the EFCC to immediately take in Bala Usman for questioning and prosecution over the alleged fraud, including the reported stealing of N15.18 billion through alleged shady Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects by the NPA.”
According to PDP, the EFCC needs to investigate the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, adding that the alleged looting in NPA was perpetrated in an agency under his ministry.
“The PDP restates that the fact that it took the minister a clear six years (2016 to 2021) to query the NPA Managing Director, over 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 PDP, standing with Nigerians, will continue to closely monitor the actions of the President Buhari administration and resist attempts by the 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,” the party said in the statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.