The House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Safety and National Intelligence has resolved to invite the chairman of the Economic Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to clear air on the alleged disappearance of $44 million belonging to the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
This is just as the committee yesterday grilled the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, for several hours for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of the $44 million.
Kingibe arrived the venue of the investigative hearing at Room 4.47 of the House of Representatives’ White House Annex in company of five other members of his presidential panel on the restructuring of the NIA, including the new director general, Ambassador Rufai Abubakar at about 3p.m.
But they could not take their seats until after conferring with the chairman of the committee, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji, for some minutes outside the hall, came back for the opening and introduction of members and the visiting team.
However, when it got to Kingibe’s turn, he deviated and started by telling the lawmakers that the panel members were highly experienced people whose cumulative years of experience was over 175 years; but the chairman, Jaji, cautioned him that experience was not the issue at stake.
The investigation was thereafter held behind closed doors for over three hours.
But fielding questions from journalists after the session, Jaji told journalists that the committee had to entertain Kingibe and his team in an executive session because “they said they were former DGs of NIA and had taken oath of secrecy both in and outside service, so could not divulge information before the media.”
Jaji, however, declined to give details of what transpired between them and Kingibe’s panel.
But a member of the committee revealed to New Telegraph in confidence that Kingibe had told them that the former acting director general, Mohammed Dauda, should be in jail going by the revelations he made before the committee, confessing that he gave money to people on the orders of the panel without any authorization backing it.
“Well, Kingibe and his panel members denied complicity in the movement of that money ($44m). In fact, they disowned the former DG, Ambassador Mohammed Dauda. He said the former DG was an adult and experienced enough to know what is right and wrong and could not have allowed himself to be used to indulge in illegal transactions.
“But that if he’s saying he committed atrocities, then he should be investigated and prosecuted. He told us that he did his job with other members of the panel diligently and with integrity because they have their names to protect.”
It will be recalled that the former acting DG, Ambassador Dauda had, in his memo to the House committee, alleged surreptitious manoeuvring of the investigation by the Presidential Panel, leading to the disappearance of $44 million and subsequent controversial appointment of the new NIA DG.
Dauda, among several allegations, had disclosed that he frustrated efforts by Kingibe, the incumbent DG, Abubakar, and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to steal the $44 million in contention.
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