Amaechi inaugurates panel to investigate Hadiza Usman’s alleged N165billion fraud at NPA

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Investigations into the fraud of the Managing Director of the () Hadiza Bala Usman, got underway Monday with the inaugurated of a committee for purpose by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Bala-Usman is being scrutinised over alleged shortfall in remittances the Federal Government coffers of surpluses from the earnings of the body, of the cash-cows for Nigeria.

The committee is be chaired by the Auwalu Suleiman, Director, Maritime Services in the alongside Director, Organisation Design & Development (OHCSF), Ben Omogo.

Amaechi, while inaugurating the panel of enquiry, tasked the members, be honest, and thorough in their assignment, which came after President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the suspension of the former MD, last week, over sundry issues of fraud.

The terms and references of the committee include: “Examine and investigate the administrative and strategies adopted by the Managing Director of and confirm compliance with extant laws and rules from 2016 — date.

“Examine and investigate issues leading to the termination of pilotage and other contracts of and confirm compliance with the terms of the respective contracts, court rulings and Presidential directives.

“Examine and investigate compliance with the communication channel as obtained in the Service.

“Examine and investigate the procurement of contracts from 2016 to date. Come with suggestions and advice would strengthen the operations of Nigerian Ports Authority and forestall such occurrences in .”

This is coming just as the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives is calling for the involvement of the and other Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the investigation process.

In a statement signed by the House Minority Leader, Rep Ndudi Elumelu, Monday, the lawmakers insisted a huge crime against the nation should not be left to an administrative panel of enquiry, but committed to an anti-graft agency like the EFCC for an investigation.