House of Reps vow to press on with NEMA N23b fraud investigation

The House of Representatives Committee on National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is resolute on its investigation of the alleged N23bn fraud in the Agency.

A member of the committee, Johnson Agbonayinma, on Tuesday said the probe was not based on any petition before the House.

“For the records, the investigation is on the following releases from January to December, 2017:

“Release of N5.9 billion food intervention in the Northeast, release of N3.1 billion food intervention in Northeast, release of N1.6 billion for Libya returnees, release of N1.6 billion on flood intervention for 16 states, donation of 6,779 metric tonnes of rice by Chinese Government.”

He said others include: “Payment of about N800 million demurrage on the donated Chinese rice and the unaccounted N10 billion released from Ecological Funds.”

The lawmaker said there was no hidden motive in the House investigation.

Agbonayinma said the committee observed “with dismay, the campaign of calumny sponsored to pitch the House against the Presidency, especially the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN.”

“The VP’s only involvement is because he is the Governing council’s chairman and we want to know if he chaired the sitting where the action was taken,” the lawmaker said.

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