- The federal government has said that about 28 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are being investigated following corruption allegations
- Mohammed Dikwa, director of special projects, ministry of finance confirmed the development in a statement he delivered recently in Abuja during a workshop on the whistle-blower policy
- Dikwa revealed that from inception till date, the whistle-blower policy has received several communications, both classified and unclassified tips
The federal government is probing 28 of its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) following allegations of contract inflation and conversion of government assets for personal use. The investigation is presided over by the investigative department of the whistle-blower unit.
Mohammed Dikwa, director of special projects, ministry of finance, confirmed the development in a statement presented at an evaluation workshop on the whistle-blower policy and asset tracing team organised by the presidential advisory committee against corruption, Punch reports.
In the statement, Dikwa remarked that 791 investigations were being done by the whistle-blower unit. He said the unit was investigating the payment of unapproved funds in 27 MDAs, while allegation of diversion of excess crude oil funds was being investigated in five MDAs.
Dikwa noted that one agency of government was under investigation for improper reduction of financial penalties.
Other related investigations being conducted are non-remittance of pension and national housing fund deductions (102 cases completed, 35 ongoing); failure to implement projects for which funds had been provided; and embezzlement of funds meant for payment of personnel emoluments (113 cases completed, 35 ongoing).
Dikwa also said the unit was investigating 137 cases of non-procurement of equipment required for aviation safety. Out of these, he noted that 102 had been completed, while the remaining 35 cases were still being investigated.
Similarly, 87 cases of financial misappropriation are being probed, out of which 76 have been completed, while 11 cases remain pending.
Dikwa revealed that concealment of bailout funds was also being investigated in four states, while the probe of 33 cases of illegal recruitments had been concluded.
The director noted that violation of the Procurement Act was another issue being investigated in government agencies, adding that 32 of such cases had been concluded, while four were still ongoing.
Dikwa, who is also the secretary, presidential initiative on continuous audit, stated: “The objectives of the whistle-blower policy is to increase exposure of financial or related crimes, support the fight against financial crimes and corruption.
“From inception to date, the whistle-blower policy has received several communications, both classified and unclassified tips. Classified tips are those involving politically-exposed persons and require immediate action. These are promptly forwarded to the relevant agencies for necessary action.
“Unclassified tips are information regarding non-compliance or violation of extant rules and regulations. These are investigated by the investigative section of the whistle-blower unit.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that a former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP), Olisa Metuh, had requested for an order to allow former president, Goodluck Jonathan, appear as his defence witness in a case at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Metuh who is facing trial over allegation that he received N400m prior to the 2015 general election, through his lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), told Justice Okon Abang on Monday, October 23, that he had written Jonathan to that effect but that the former president did not respond.
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