The House of Representatives committee on public safety and national intelligence says it has uncovered a fresh $202 million missing from the coffers of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency NIA.
Chairman of the committee Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji after meeting with several top government intelligence officials behind closed-doors in Abuja, said while investigating the alleged disappearance of $44m from the agency’s vault and the appointment of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as NIA boss, it stumbled upon the new anomaly.
“We had a meeting too with the NSA. We later discovered from our meeting since last week that the $44m isn’t missing. For that one, I can tell you they moved the money from one place to another. We’re still investigating. If we get 60 to 70 percent of what we’re supposed to get, then we can tell you.
“But for now, I’ll tell you categorically that the money isn’t missing. They only moved it from the agency to another place pending when all these issues surrounding the agency are resolved.
“If you remember, this $44m is part of the $289m approved to the then DG, Ayo Oke. There was the issue of $43m found in Ikoyi. He tried to say that the $44m and the $43m are part of the $289m.
“But for us, we’re still working to see where the remaining $202m was placed. We only know about the $43m recovered in Ikoyi and the $44m recovered from their vault.”
He also said that the entire $289m was not appropriated for by the National Assembly at the time.