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Reps Threatens Action Against AMCON, Others Over Racketeering

The House of Representatives has issued a stern warning, indicating its willingness to exercise constitutional authority over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), the Budget Office, and the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).

The warning was delivered by Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, Chairman of the ad hoc committee investigating allegations of job racketeering and mismanagement of IPPIS within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in Abuja on Wednesday.

Gagdi expressed the committee’s frustration over the absence of IPPIS and Budget Office representatives at the scheduled meeting. Consequently, the committee has summoned the Accountant General of the Federation to appear before them on August 10, along with the IPPIS officer. The committee firmly declared that any further evasion of accountability would be met with resistance.

Gagdi also questioned the failure of Haruna Kolo, the primary suspect in the Federal Character Commission (FCC) job racketeering scandal, to appear before the committee despite being requested to do so. He emphasized the urgency of Kolo’s participation and announced plans to compel his attendance, even if it requires enlisting AMCON’s cooperation.

The chairman stated, “We need him [Kolo] by 10 a.m. tomorrow. The Clerk of the committee should communicate with AMCON, urging them to produce Kolo. Does AMCON know what Kolo is concealing?”

Gagdi reaffirmed the committee’s commitment to accountability and called for Kolo’s cooperation to shed light on the allegations against him. He warned that Kolo’s employment with AMCON could be jeopardized if he continues to evade the committee’s inquiries.

Furthermore, the committee criticized Kolo’s refusal to provide substantial evidence for his claims, particularly his assertion that money was linked to specific personalities. Kolo is accused of working across three different institutions, heightening the need for his testimony.

In a related development, Mr. Abdulrman Ibrahim, a witness involved in the ongoing investigation of job racketeering, contradicted statements made by some FCC commissioners, asserting that all commissioners were indeed granted job slots upon their appointments.

Ibrahim, who benefited from the alleged racketeering scheme and serves as the Personal Assistant to the commissioner representing Taraba, clarified that each commissioner received two slots per state. He described the interview and employment processes that transpired in 2023.

Additionally, Mr. Yisha’u Gambo, the driver for the commissioner representing Taraba, testified that he facilitated a payment of N2 million to Kolo on behalf of a job seeker. Gambo disclosed that Kolo requested his assistance in coordinating employment opportunities and later informed him of an additional slot available for N1.5 million.

The investigation is set to resume tomorrow, with witnesses and representatives from the implicated MDAs required to participate. The House of Representatives remains committed to upholding transparency, accountability, and the rule of law in addressing these allegations.

 

 

 

 

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