EFCC Takes Over NIA’s Bank Accounts

The cash found by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from Osborne Towers from a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos. Facebook

By Oladipupo Mojeed 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has taken charge of bank accounts operated by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

This is the latest in a string of measures against the NIA in the wake of last month’s discovery of N13 billion in a Lagos apartment.

The cash – comprising $43.5 million, £27,800 and N23.2 million hidden inside Apartment 7B at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi – was uncovered by operatives of the EFCC on April 12.

The director-general of the NIA, Ayodele Oke, who admitted that the money belonged to his agency, was later suspended from office.

According to Oke, the money was meant for multiple “covert projects” across the country.

NIA compelled

According to the Premium Times, operatives of the anti-graft agency compelled the director of finance and administration of the NIA to hand over the accounts of the beleaguered agency to an Army officer attached to the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The EFCC designated Jaafaru Mohammed, a brigadier-general in the Nigerian Army, to assume the position of the director of finance of the NIA and commence a holistic audit of the agency’s finances.

The development was the climax of a week-long prying operation which saw detectives from the anti-graft agency grill four senior officials of the NIA.

Several sources said the anti-graft agency made at least two attempts to impose Mohammed on the NIA as its new director of finance, but officials of the agency blocked him from resuming each time.

Following the rejection of Mohammed, the EFCC invited NIA’s director of finance and administration and two officials from the same account department. The officials were later released after hours of questioning.

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