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HURIWA chides Buhari, demands arrest of NIRSAL former MD after secret ‘dismissal’ over N5.6bn fraud allegation



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An advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Monday, demanded the arrest of the allegedly dismissed Managing Director of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, Aliyu Abdulhameed, over N5.6 billion wheat fraud allegation.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, condemned the secret sack of Abdulhameed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, after the alleged heist was uncovered by the media.
The group said the secrecy around the whole corruption allegations again exposed the charade of the anti-graft fight of President Buhari for deliberate actions to cover wrongdoing of public officials is in a way complicity of the present administration.
HURIWA, therefore, tasked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission to arrest Abdulhameed and charge him to court, if, indeed, he has been sacked as widely reported.
HURIWA recalled media reports indicating that Abdulhameed was dismissed last week over multiple allegations of corruption, including a 2018 project wheat meant for farmers in Kano and Jigawa states. The group noted that another person has since been appointed to lead NIRSAL, a $500 million non-bank financial institution, which is a creation of the CBN mandated to manage agribusiness-related credit risks in Nigeria.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko, in the4 statement declared: “The clandestine sacking of Aliyu Abdulhameed as NIRSAL managing director, again, shows the hypocrisy of the Muhammadu Buhari’s so-called anti-corruption fight.
“A question begs for answer: why was Abdulhameed’s removal secret and why is it that for over 48 hours after the information filtered out, this government hasn’t confirmed this widely circulated news of his inglorious exit? Why was he removed even after this erstwhile MD told some civil society organisations that his hands are clean and that it was a set up? This whole charade is a grand one and Nigerians again know the insincerity of the Buhari’s corruption fight.
“HURIWA demands the immediate arrest and prosecution of Abdulhameed if indeed Buhari sacked him because he found him wanted regarding allegations of massive heists of funds.
“The EFCC and the ICPC should do their work, arrest the fellow and charge him to court. Anything short of this in injustice. And if his removal is politically motivated, then, he should be reinstated with immediate effect.”
He maintained: “Sadly, Nigerians are alarmed at the alleged corruptions perpetrated by government officials under Buhari who promised to fight graft pre-2015. The case of the former Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, is still fresh in mind. Also that of the former chairperson of the defunct, Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina; then acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu; then Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, Modibbo Kawu; former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman; amongst others. There are many more but only time will expose them.”

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