Lawmakers Want Looters Of Nigeria Airways’ 60 Billion Naira Sent To Jail
Nigerian Airways died 15 years ago, but the story behind its death has refused to die.
It is alleged that those in charge of the carrier dipped their hands in the cookie jar and stole all the cookies, causing the death of the national carrier.
Now, the lawmakers at the House of Representatives are calling for their heads, vowing to send every single one of them to jail.
On Wednesday, October 24th, the lawmakers at the House of Reps called for the prosecution of persons who were indicted for looting the finances and property of the defunct airline.
It recalled that the Justice Obiora Nwazota Commission of Inquiry set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002 had found that officials looted up to 60 billion naira from the liquidated national carrier.
A member from Lagos State, Mr James Faleke, who moved a motion on the matter, stated that the commission’s report, approved as a White Paper by the Federal Government, had asked the Ministry of Finance to recover the money and the police to prosecute the indicted culprits.
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Faleke, whose motion was unanimously adopted by the House, expressed surprise that till date, neither had the 60 billion naira been recovered nor had any prosecution taken place.
He noted that in place of the recovery, the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came to the aid of the airline’s retirees by releasing 22.6 billion naira, being 50% part-payment of the entitlements of the ex-workers.
“The House is dumbfounded that despite the release of the White Paper and the approval given to the paper as well as the directive to the Ministry of Finance and the police, the previous governments refused to prosecute the culprits,” Faleke said.
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