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Alleged N5.6 Billion Fraud: Hariwa Demands Arrest of Managing Director of Nirsal

The Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, Horewa, on Monday called for the arrest of the alleged managing director of Nigeria’s incentive-based risk-sharing system for agricultural lending, Aliyu Abdulhamid, over allegations of fraud of 5.6 billion neimar in wheat.

Hariwa National Coordinator Emmanuel Onubiko, in a statement, condemned the secret expulsion of Abdul Hamid by President Muhammadu Buhari and Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefele after the alleged theft was exposed by the media.

The group said the entire secrecy around corruption allegations once again exposed the anti-graft farce of President Buhari’s regime in terms of deliberate actions to cover up wrongdoings of government officials in a manner conniving with the current administration.

Freedom has therefore mandated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes Commission to arrest and prosecute Abdelhamid if he is indeed impeached as widely reported.

According to media reports, Abdulhameed was dismissed last week over multiple allegations of corruption, including a 2018 wheat project intended for farmers in Kano and Jigawa states. Another colleague has since been appointed to lead Nersal, a $500m non-bank financial institution created by the Central Bank of Nigeria charged with managing credit risk related to agribusinesses in Nigeria.

Commenting on this, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The secret dismissal of Aliu Abdul Hamid from the post of managing director of NIRSAL once again demonstrates the hypocrisy of Muhammadu Buhari’s so-called anti-corruption drive.

Question begs answers. Why was Abd al-Hamid’s removal a secret and why did this government, for more than 48 hours after filtering the information, not confirm this widely circulated news of his ill-fated departure? Why was it removed even after this former MD told some CSO that his hands were clean and that it was a place? This whole charade is a great charade and once again Nigerians know the insincerity of Buhari’s fight against corruption.

Hurriya demands the immediate arrest and trial of Abdul Hamid if Buhari has already sacked him because he found him wanted on allegations of massive money theft. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Civilian Protection Committee must do their job, arrest the colleague and charge him in court. Anything less than this is injustice. And if his dismissal was politically motivated, he should be reinstated with immediate effect.

“Unfortunately, Nigerians are concerned about alleged corruption by government officials under Buhari who promised to fight graft before 2015. The case of the former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, is still fresh in the minds.

So too are former chair of the defunct Pension Reform Task Force Abdirashid Maina; then acting chair of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Ibrahim Magu; then director general of the National Broadcasting Commission, Modibo Kawo; former director general of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Osman; among others. There are many more but only time will reveal them.”

Alleged N5.6 Billion Fraud: Hariwa Demands Arrest of Managing Director of Nirsal

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