EFCC Invititation: Massive Corruption Scandal Unearthed in Buhari Administration

By Mohammed Bello Doka. 

In a shocking turn of events, a corruption scandal has emerged within President Muhammadu Buhari's government, implicating high-ranking officials and exposing the misappropriation of billions of naira. The scandal involves the Managing Director of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, who is alleged to have accumulated huge sums of money in his personal accounts.

United Kingdom investigators discovered that a staggering N1.5 trillion and $9,557,312.50 were traced to Jamoh's accounts. The funds were deposited in a Fidelity Bank account that is linked to the NIMASA chief. Furthermore, investigations revealed that Jamoh had established various companies and awarded contracts to these entities, in violation of the code of conduct for public officers involved in procurement.

The due diligent report on Jamoh exposed multiple instances of suspicious transactions and financial impropriety. It detailed how large sums of money were transferred into his personal accounts from the Central Bank of Nigeria, including a withdrawal of $5,425,200.00 made in cash from Access Bank in Apapa, Lagos. The report also highlighted payments made by other companies into Jamoh's accounts, further adding to the mounting evidence against him.

It is of utmost concern that such significant amounts of money found their way into the personal accounts of a government official. The investigators recommend that Jamoh be suspended immediately and that a thorough forensic audit be conducted on the financial activities of NIMASA. They also call for the establishment of a panel to investigate the accounts of NIMASA's Cabotage 2% Surcharge account held with Access Bank, as well as an examination into why NIMASA continues to use commercial banks instead of the Treasury Single Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The revelations have raised questions about the efficacy of anti-corruption measures within the Buhari administration. This is not the first time that individuals closely associated with the president have been implicated in corruption scandals. Just recently, Gimba Yau Kumo, a former son-in-law of President Buhari, was declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for alleged involvement in a $65 million fraud.

As the investigations continue, it is hoped that there will be swift action to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. The fight against corruption remains a key priority for the Nigerian government, and it is imperative that transparency, integrity, and accountability prevail at all levels of governance. Only then can the nation move forward and achieve its full potential.

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