Pres. Buhari Orders EFCC To Return N10Bn Seized From The NBC To Them

By Ikenga Chronicles October 14, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, EFCC, to return a whopping sum of 10 Billion Naira seized from the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC.

The Director General of the NBC, Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, said Buhari gave the directive before leaving for Germany.

“The directive was given before the president departed to Germany on Thursday. The money was seized by EFCC during the tenure of former DG of NBC, Emeka Mba.”

Modibbo-Kawu said the money was still in the custody of the anti-graft agency but that President Buhari had ordered that it should be released to the commission.

He said the EFCC was expected to give further details on the release process in due course as directed by the President.

Recall that  Mba, Basil Udotai and his company, Technology Advisor LLP, were accused along with others by the EFCC of having a hand in an alleged diversion of N10 billion from the N34 billion paid by the MTN to the NBC. The amount was part of the money meant for digital television broadcasting in the country.

EFCC had also alleged that the money was transferred to a bank in breach of Federal Government’s directive on Treasury Single Account. Although the EFCC said it had recovered the N10 billion from those who took it, Messrs Mba and Udotai denied ever taking part in the diversion of the money. They insisted that no such money was ever taken by them or those who participated in the digital switch process.The denials were contained in two separate letters written on their behalf by their lawyer, Ogwu Onoja (SAN).

In the letters,  Mba made it clear that the entire transaction was transparent and carried out in accordance with the approval granted NBC by former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Executive Council.

Their lawyer maintained that no money was missing throughout Mr. Mba’s tenure as DG of NBC and that he was proud of his post as an outstanding public servant with over 25 years of experience in the communications and entertainment industry.

The lawyer said: “The truth is that during the tenure of our client as the DG of the NBC, no money was missing, lost or stolen by anyone at the NBC. The NBC in all its transactions followed due processes and got appropriate approvals from its board of directors, the then Minister of Information, former Minister of Communications Technology and President Goodluck Jonathan.”

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