Mismanagement of NDLEA N467m: HURIWA accuses NASS committee of blackmailing
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has accused National Assembly committees of blackmailing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), on the alleged mismanagement of N467m.
HURIWA, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, by its National coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the current media war against NDLEA is just a smokescreen to force Mohammed Buba Marwa’s hands to line legislators’ pockets, going by the widespread allegations of same pattern in the National Assembly over past years. It urged the Chairman of NDLEA not to compromise his values for transparency and accountability.
The statement read in part: “The report emanating from the 9th Session of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Retd. Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa has shunned the investigative hearing by the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly on the alleged mismanagement of N467m, has been described as a blackmail and a media spin, automated and escalated by the Senate Committee in an attempt to bamboozle, intimidate and harass the NDLEA’s Chief Executive Officer into submission for a behind-the-doors negotiation for consequential financial inducements.
“HURIWA has asked the Senate to stop the unnecessary distractions targeted at maximum disruption of the effectiveness and overwhelming combative approaches against dreaded hard drugs’ barons and traffickers being currently waged vigorously by the just appointed Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Retired Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa, who wasn’t the person in charge at the time of the alleged financial infractions being investigated by the Senate.
“HURIWA is in possession of unassailable evidence that the current NDLEA leadership was never served with any summons or invitations by the Senate Public accounts Committee, headed by Senator Mathew Uroghide…”