‘Allegation of misconduct, abuse of power against AuGF, baseless, unsubstantiated’
The Office of the Auditor General for the Federation (OAuGF) has described as baseless the unsubstantiated allegations of fraud, misconduct, and abuse of power being peddled against Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr. Aghughu Adolphus.
According to a statement signed by Head, Press of the OAuGF, Eme Ika Ika Oqua, the issue of alteration of directors’ seniority being raised had been put to rest since July 18, 2022, by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF).
“A circular was issued by the HCSF, with ref. HCSF/SPSO/ODD0/E&WP/64421/166, dated July 18, to put to rest the order of seniority of the first five directors in the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, which has been a subject of petition by those who feel aggrieved by the placement among the directors.”
Oqua noted that the allegation by paid pipers, who are doing the bidding of their pay masters, did not take into consideration the mandate of the AuGF, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 85(6) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) states that in the exercise of his functions under the Constitution, the AuGF shall not be subject to the direction and control of any other authority or person.”
According to Oqua, Mr. Adolphus has demonstrated over time that in the discharge of his duties, he has never been nepotistic or tribal.
She said: “It was in the exercise of the foregoing that the AuGF has been redeploying staff of his office to areas that are commensurate with their grade levels, experiences, and qualifications, irrespective of their ethnic or religious background.
“The AuGF has demonstrated times without number that he is not a tribal Nigerian. His personal aides and core support staff cut across ethno, political, religious and geographical divides.
“It is on record that a senior officer of his ethnic background was among those redeployed to zonal offices early this year.” She urged Nigerians to always check facts with the OAuGF before going to the press.