Staining Mr. Clean: House of Reps stands by its indictment of Osinbajo

The House of Representatives’ ad hoc Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness is standing by its report indicting the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, for what it described as the embezzlement of N33 billion meant for presidential intervention programme for the North East crisis.

The Vice-President was found culpable for giving approval to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to the tune of N5.8 billion which the House Committee described as illegal for not following due process. Osinbajo is the Chairman of the programme as well as Chairman of NEMA Governing Council. At the time of the approval the Vice President was the acting President.

In spite of the rebuttal by the Vice-President that he did no wrong, Chairman of the ad hoc Committee, Ali Isa who is of the Vice President’s All Progressives Congress, APC, insisted that the report of the committee was fool-proof.

Already, the Committee has queried NEMA Director General, Engineer Mustapha Maihaja over the misappropriation of the N33 billion.
The Vice President had defended his action, noting that the Federal Government was obliged to intervene in the humanitarian crisis in the North and such approval and intervention was within his powers.

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