The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the immediate prosecution of indicted and now sacked Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, over alleged looting of over N165bn in the agency.
The party insisted 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 amounting to N3,667,750,470, $148,845,745.04, Euro 4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 under her watch at NPA.
The PDP called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to
immediately take in Bala Usman for questioning and prosecution over the
alleged fraud, including the reported stealing of N15.18bn through
alleged shady Corporate Social Responsibility projects by the NPA.
The party also urged the EFCC to beam its searchlight on the Minister
of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, under whose ministerial watch the
alleged looting in NPA was perpetrated.
The PDP restated that the fact that it took the minister a clear six years (2016 to 2021) to query the NPA Managing Director, over looting of
N165bn unremitted operational surplus of the agency, raised public
apprehensions of an afterthought, which only came after indicting audit
documents had already been exposed.
A statement issued by the party on Thursday said, “The PDP, standing with Nigerians, will continue to closely monitor the actions of the Buhari administration and resist attempts by the All
Progressives Congress 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.”