Senate Invites Police IG Over Alleged Unpaid N6.5bn Revenue
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The invitation was issued on Sunday by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Alleged Fraudulent Activities in Collection, Accounting, Remittance and Expenditure by Revenue Generating Agencies.
The committee's Chairman, Senator Solomon Adeola, said the invitation follows findings on the 6.5 billion Naira unpaid revenue.
He said, others invited to appear before the committee are the Director Generals of Directorate of State Security (DSS), Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and National Council on Privatisation (NCP).
The essence of the invitation is to get the Police and DSS to assist the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) in recovering the money, which has accrued for over 9 years.
It will also assist in ejecting the concessionaire of the Trade Fair Complex, LITFC, AULIC Nigeria Limited and recovering the complex.
It had become necessary to recover the 322 hectares multi billion Naira complex following a huge debt due in the 40 billion Naira lease fees, Adeola said.
He also quoted the Director-General of BPE, Mr Alex Okoh, as saying that the concession agreement to AULIC Nigeria Limited was revoked in early September by the Federal Government.
The statement also said Okoh highlighted that all efforts to eject the concessionaire including the use of the Divisional Police at the complex and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) proved abortive.
According to Adeola, findings showed that "after the initial fees of 200 million Naira paid by the concessionaire in 2007 and another 12 million Naira, it has not paid a dime to the federal government, with outstanding revenue of 6.5 billion Naira.
"The concessionaire has bastardised the trade fair complex with hospitality and real estate businesses without approved plans.
"It is shocking that an individual or corporate organisation could operate so lawlessly, withholding federal government revenue, while contravening a government revocation order of his concessionaire agreement.
"What we need to do at this point is to recover the Trade Fair Complex from the concessionaire and subsequently pursue the issue of 6.5 billion Naira unremitted federal government revenue.
"Since the local police cannot handle the ejection with the concessionaire still operating and collecting revenue using all manner of tactics including thuggery, we are inviting the IG-P and DG-DSS to address this illegal challenge on the authority.
"I am surprised that anyone can flagrantly operate as if he is above the law and the government".