The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the prosecution of indicted and now sacked Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman.
The party said she should be prosecuted over “exposed looting of over N165 billion in the agency.”
In a statement by its National Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, 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 (FIRS) amounting to N3,667,750,470. $148,845,745.04, Euro 4,891,449.50 and £252,682.14 during her watch at NPA.
The PDP charged 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 N15.18 billion through alleged shady Corporate Social Responsibility projects by the NPA.
The party also urged the EFCC to extend its searchlight on the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, under whose ministerial watch the alleged looting in NPA was perpetrated.
The PDP said that the fact it took the minister a clear six years (2016 to 2021) to query the NPA Managing Director, over looting of N165 billion unremitted operational surplus of the agency, raises public apprehensions of an afterthought, which only came after indicting audit documents had already been exposed.
“The PDP, standing with Nigerians, will continue to closely monitor the actions of the Buhari administration and resist attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) 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,” the party added.
FirstNews had earlier reported the termination of the appointment of Bala-Usman had been confirmed by President Muhammadu Buhari.