Coming barely two months after Ambassador Ayodele Oke, the former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, was sacked and two days after a new person, Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar was appointed as its new DG, another scandal has been uncovered in the coffers of the agency.
According to fresh reports, the sum of $44million in cash which was kept in the agency’s vaults in Abuja has allegedly disappeared.
The sum was reportedly moved to an unknown location by unknown persons in the agency.
The origin of the money, according to sources was from the $260 million released by the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration as General Intervention Fund for the NIA.
The disappeared sum was according to report the only cash asides the recovered Ikoyi loot to be expended of the $260 million which was disbursed by the last administration.
The source close to the case added: “While the money remained in the vault, certain powerful forces mounted pressure on the acting DG, Ambassador Mohammed Dauda, who was redeployed from Chad, to use the money since it is the property of the NIA but the acting DG refused.”
The source further stated that the “powerful forces” pushed very hard for the money to be tampered with, saying government had forgotten all about it, but for the firm resistance of the outgoing acting DG.
“But barely two days after President Buhari named a substantive head for the agency, a black bullion van was dispatched to NIA and the money was removed to an unknown destination around 6am on Friday. The team that removed the money was accompanied by a serving military officer who was posted to the intelligence outfit months ago as the finance officer.”
The total amount of money reported to have disappeared from the NIA’s vaults on Friday was estimated at $44,285,996.