Leading opposition party in Nigerta, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the immediate prosecution of the sacked managing director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, over alleged looting of over N165 billion in the agency.
It made the call in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Thursday in which it also demanded the investigation of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for his tardy handling of the matter.
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, Euro 4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 during her watch at NPA.
The PDP charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (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.
The party also urged the EFCC to extend its searchlight on the Amaechi, under whose ministerial watch the alleged looting in NPA was perpetrated.
The PDP restated 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 statement said the PDP, “standing with Nigerians, 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.”
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