Alleged Corruption:Group To Petition National Assembly, Threatens Protest Against NSCDC Boss

The Coalition Against Corruption in Nigeria, has threatened a mass protest if President Muhammadu Buhari fails to order an immediate suspension of the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC, Mr Ahmed Abubakar Audi. It also asked the National Assembly, to order an immediate probe, into the activities of the NSCDC, amidst allegations of corrupt practices, by the NSCDC boss.

The group at a media briefing in Lagos on Wednesday, said it is displeased, by the continuous silence of President Buhari, despite several allegations of corruption, against Mr Audi, over the past few months.

The group listed among several allegations against the NSCDC boss, the victimisation of staff and Personel of the corp, by the CG, in an Arbitrary manner.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Barrister Ade Mogbojuri and Comrade Ishaq Bello, said since the assumption of Audi as the CG of the NSCDC, there has been flagrant violations of every known due process in the agency. It accused Audi of illegally moving the procurement Unit of the agency to his office, thereby putting it under his direct control.

The group further accused Audi of running a cartel for contract award in the agency, while also engaging illegal agents, in the collection of kickback, for contracts that are over-inflated and in most cases poorly executed.

The group also said Audi is known to be awarding contracts to unknown companies without Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), most of which are owned by the CG and his cronies.

“Having made several calls for the probe and suspension of Mr Audi as the CG of NSCDC, without any results, we have come to the conclusion, that we will not wait, and allow this abuse of office and pervasive corruption to continue. We have therefore, decided as patriotic Nigerians, to press further our call for action. We shall in the next couple of days, present our formal petition to the National Assembly, and mobilise our members, Students, labour and civil society associates, to save Nigeria, from the monumental corruption taking place in the NSCDC.”

“As security organization, it is dangerous to our collective national security, to have such, reduced to a centre of corruption and absurdities, as being witnessed under Mr Audi.” the statement concluded

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