The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate prosecution of the suspended Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, over the alleged looting of over N165 billion in the agency.
The party insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari should not just “ease out” Bala Usman, but must go ahead to prosecute her and the Minister over the alleged looting including revelations from the office of the Auditor General, which unearthed the alleged stealing of unremitted deductions to the 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.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately arrest Bala Usman for questioning and prosecution over the alleged fraud, including the reported stealing of N15.18 billion through alleged shady Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects she awarded while overseeing the affairs of 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.
It was reported that Bala Usman was suspended as the Managing Director of NPA on May 6, on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged financial infractions.
The President also approved the setting up of an administrative panel of inquiry to probe her tenure from July 2015 to May 2021.