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NIA funds: EFCC quizzes Kingibe

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have spent the course of two days grilling a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe.

The former diplomat was quizzed on Wednesday and Thursday last week by a special team of the anti-graft body, Premium Times learnt.

A security official, who declined to be named as he is not permitted to talk to the press, said the politician was interrogated at the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Mr. Kingibe headed a presidential panel that reviewed the operations of Nigeria’s prime intelligence outfit, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

President Muhammadu Buhari had in November last year empaneled the four-member committee in the wake of scandals rocking the intelligence agency.

Mr. Kingibe was invited by the EFCC to explain his roles in alleged financial scandals during the assignment.

Dauda Mohammed, who acted as the DG of the agency during the time of the assignment had alleged that Mr. Kingibe used his position to extort money from the agency.

He told a House of Representatives committee probing alleged $44 million said to be missing from the NIA’s vault that he was put under pressure by Mr. Kingibe to make agency funds available to him.

Premium Times, March 5, 2018

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