Corruption Reporter Communications Ltd publishers of www.corruptionrepoter.com an investigative media platform has called for the removal of Mr. Aliu Abbatti Abdulhameed, from office as NIRSAL Managing Director/CEO.
In a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari Corruption Reporter had alleged that Mr. Abdulhameed had stayed put in office without going through the norm of handing over, after his tenure expired on 23rd of December, 2020, having been appointed on December 23rd 2015.
The petition, which was made available to the media, alleged series of acts of impunity against the former MD of NIRSAL calling for his removal as he illegally continues to occupy office despite expiration of his tenure.
The petition had alleged that NIRSAL “enjoy all the privileges of being a public institutions (having been created with tax payers’ funds) with zero responsibility to the public as though it were a private institution, yet NIRSAL is not subject to the regulations that guide private organizations”.
The media outfit further alleged that Mr Abdulhameed had converted NIRSAL, which was established with a take off grant of 500million US Dollars from the CBN, “into a personal fiefdom” under his control.
The petitioners also alleged that several investigations had revealed NIRSAL to be corrupt the MD had gone to great lengths to suppress such investigations, including a a Board Audit Committee chaired by CBN Deputy Governor Edward Adamu.
The petition similarly alleged that the company didn’t follow due process in award of contracts while funds running into billions of Naira were allegedly diverted by Mr Abdulhameed and his son, who the petitioners alleged was arrested in Dubai, UAE for money laundering.
The petitioners called for President Buhari to set up an independent panel of investigation into NIRSAL and its activities under Mr. Aliu Abdulhameed, “to restore flagging public confidence in the institution”, and “to ensure that NIRSAL doesn’t discredit the President’s anti-corruption war.
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