Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences commission, ICPC, that arraigned Yusuf Agabi and some directors in the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has revealed through its principal witness, Kabiru Kaloma, how the sum of N805m was serially shared.
Paloma who was personal assistant to Agabi and one Ayinla Abibu, a former Director Finance and Accounts, DFA, informed the court yesterday, at the resumed hearing of the matter before Justice Husseini Baba of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, FCT, in Abuja, that the mopping up ‘was pure stealing’.
During his cross examination by counsel to the ICPC, Paul Bassi, Paloma told the court how he suddenly discovered that his personal accounts were frozen by the anti-graft agency sometime in 2014.
The witness who was used as a conduit pipe for illicit transfer of funds said he informed Agabi, his former boss, of how his accounts were being used by the ministry in 2013 to remit funds.
He claimed that Agabi shunned all his calls and never responded to his text messages hence he decided to “spill the beans.”
Paloma told the court how Ayinla who became Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) in 2014 instructed that a balance of N100m be left of the balance of 2013 constituency project that was being ‘mopped up’ .
Paloma alleged that the DFA, Ayinla, ordered a transfer of N60m to his account while the remaining N40million was to be shared amongst staff of the accounts department namely: one Mr. Dickson, Kabiru Paloma, James Ihenacho and Daniel Oba, while a portion of the money was shared to staffs of the Central Pay Office (CPO) of the ministry.
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