Civil Rights Groups and Corruption Reporter Communications Ltd, publishers of www.corruptionrepoter.com, an investigative media platform, have called for the removal of Mr. Aliyu Abbatti Abdulhameed, from office as NIRSAL Managing Director/CEO, over the Misappropriations of Farmers Money.
In a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, Corruption Reporter had alleged that Mr. Abdulhameed had persisted 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 and called for his removal as he illegally continues to occupy the office despite the expiration of his tenure.
The petitioners further alleged that, “NIRSAL enjoys 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 Groups also 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.
They went on to allege that several investigations had revealed NIRSAL to be corrupt and that its MD had gone to great lengths to suppress such investigations, including a a Board Audit Committee chaired by CBN’s Deputy Governor Edward Adamu.
The petition similarly alleged that the company didn’t follow due process in the 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 on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up an independent panel of investigation over NIRSAL and its activities under Mr. Aliu Abdulhameed.This they said will restore flagging public confidence in the institution and will ensure that NIRSAL doesn’t discredit the President’s anti-corruption war.
By Princess Agbonifo