EXPOSED!!! SGF, Boss Mustapha, In Multi-Million Naira ‘Corruption’ Scandal, Few Months After Assuming Office

By Post-Nigeria January 11, 2018 20:04

EXPOSED!!! SGF, Boss Mustapha, In Multi-Million Naira ‘Corruption’ Scandal, Few Months After Assuming Office

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, has come under fire for disbursing N40 million cash to a former President.

Recall, that Mustapha instead of buying a vehicle for the former President as prescribed by law, had rather gave the sum of N40 million cash to the beneficiary.

This revelation was made on Thursday, at the 2018 Budget Defence Session before members of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affair.

“They are entitled to that by law. We took a decision that instead of buying these vehicles, we should give them the money and let them buy vehicles of their choices. One of them qualified for it this year, and that was why the N40 million was paid. The remaining, hopefully, will qualify for it next year or thereabouts.”

A member of the Committee, Duro Faseyi, was however not satisfied with the explanation. He asked the SGF to explain if the move was consistent with the 2017 Appropriation Act.

“You said you monetised, and you said there is a law; does that law supersede the Appropriation Law?” he asked.

“Because what we passed in the Appropriation Law is seven numbers of vehicles. There is no clause that said you should give them money. By giving them money, to me is against the Appropriation Act. Was there any recurrent to the National Assembly that you are giving money contrary to what we passed?”

Mustapha did not quote a law to back his earlier claim, rather he explained that the move was in tandem with ‘government policies’.

“I quite understand that there is an Appropriation Law, but there are other government policies, especially when it comes to the issue of monetisation of vehicles particularly. I believe that it also applies to the National Assembly.

“They are elder statesmen. Probably, the kind of vehicles that we want to buy for them may not be their preference. We are even talking about Prado Jeeps here, a lot of them might not be disposed to riding Prado Jeeps because of age. They might want a salon, because that is the one that will provide them with maximum comfort. Because they are elder statesmen, we defer to that, and there were circulars to that effect that it can be monetised and their money given to them, so that they can buy vehicles of their choices. It is across the board; all of them that have served as Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Heads of State.”

 

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