As the 2019 general elections slowly approaches, a Panel set up by the House of Representatives has confirmed that a whopping sum of $202 million is missing at the National Intelligence Agency, NIA.
The Panel said the amount was the balance of $289 million said to have been approved as intervention funds for the Agency, by the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The Chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and National Intelligence, Aminu Sani Jaji, which is investigating the alleged disappearance of $44 million from the Agency’s vault, and the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as the new NIA boss, told Journalists in Abuja, that the Panel was making headway.
Jaji who spoke after meeting with several top government intelligence officials behind closed-doors in Abuja, said their findings so far revealed that the $44 million was not missing from NIA’s vault, but that it was moved.
“We had a meeting too with the NSA. We later discovered from our meeting since last week, that the $44 million is not missing. For that one, I can tell you they moved the money from one place to another. We are still investigating. If we get 60 to 70 percent of what we are supposed to get, then we can tell you.
“But for now, I will tell you categorically that the money is not missing. They only moved it from the Agency to another place, pending when all these issues surrounding the Agency are resolved”, he said.
The Lawmaker added that: “If you remember, this $44 million is part of the $289 million approved to the then DG, Ayo Oke. There was the issue of $43 million found in Ikoyi. He tried to say that the $44 million and the $43 million are part of the $289 million.
“But for us, we are still working to see where the remaining $202 million was placed. We only know about the $43 million recovered in Ikoyi, and the $44 million recovered from their vault.”
Asked if the entire balance of $202 million is missing, Jaji said: “Yes, for me it is still missing. The money in question is $289 million, and all that the former DG is trying to say is that the $43 million and the $44 million are part of the $289 million.
“If you subtract $43 million and $44 million, where is the balance? That is why we are where we are today, and that is also why we have to intensify the investigation.”
He also said that the entire $289 million was not appropriated for by the National Assembly at the time.