The National Security Adviser’s Office (ONSA) claims it has no knowledge of the whereabouts of the 44 million dollars recovered from the office of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) in 2017.
Brig. General Ja’afaru Mohammed, ONSA Director of Finance and Administration, stated this on Tuesday while briefing the House Adhoc committee investigating the management of recovered funds between 2002 and 2020.
Mohammed stated that the money recovered by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission was not in the possession of the ONSA (EFCC).
He also stated that the ONSA has nothing to do with recovered funds, assets, or their management.
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He explained that the only money recovered from the NIA was approximately 41 million dollars, which were NIA funds returned to the office on the President’s directive.
He stated, “The NIA was under investigation, and the President directed that the ONSA take command of the situation.” I was dispatched there to manage the agency’s funds. I went there and counted the money in their vault; it was approximately 41 million dollars.
“We kept that money, and after the investigation, the President directed that it be returned to the agency.” As directed by the President, we returned it to the owners.”
The Chairman of the Adhoc Committee, Hon. Adejoro Adeogun, had quoted the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, as saying that the fund recovered from the NIA office in Ikoyi was in the hands of the National Security Adviser’s Office.