The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the federal government not to lose traction in the investigation and possible prosecution of Hadiza Bala Usman, former Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for alleged corruption scam.
The appeal by National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Thursday, comes months after President Muhammadu Buhari relieved Usman of her duty over exposed looting of over alleged N165 billion in the agency.
The PDP alleged 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”.
According to statement, “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 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”, Ologbondiyan said in a statement.
The PDP also charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invite NPA ex-DG 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.
It further urge the anti-graft agency to extend its searchlight on the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, under whose ‘ministerial watch’ the alleged looting in NPA was perpetrated.