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Revealed! Report indicates how agency headed by Buhari’s in-law, BCDA, made suspicious payments to officials

By making these payments the agency contravenes the provision of chapter 7, section 713 of Nigeria’s civil service financial regulation.

[REPORT]

Records of payments made by the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) in the last quarter of 2019 have shown that four staffers of the agency were illegally paid N39 million, Premium Time NG reports.

The agency is headed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Junaid Abdullahi, who was appointed on September 22, 2018, as executive secretary.

The border agency had claimed the payments were for Duty Tour Allowances (DTA) to conferences, but the newspaper’s reports indicate the agency’s claim “is most likely false.”

DTA is payable to government officials and civil servants travelling on official duty outside their duty stations. It is usually graduated according to salary scales, and the highest amount is N35,000 (thirty-five thousand naira only) – and that is for ministers, permanent secretaries and equivalent officials.

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So assuming an official was on the road for the entire 92 days of October, November and December 2019, he or she will only be entitled to a maximum N3.2 million (at N35,000 per day).

But the officials into whose accounts BCDA made suspicious payments got far more than these and there is no evidence that they travelled on official duties for consecutive 92 days.

For instance, of the N20.1 million Murtala Ahmed Baba got within the four months under review – the highest received by anyone in the period – N5.1 million was paid to him in the last week of December for the “inspection of some selected sites.”

Other payments

The agency’s director of planning, inter-governmental and community relations, Ibrahim Kwajafa, on his part received about N12.1 million.

Also, the head of the information unit of the agency, Israel Bob-Manuel, was paid about N3.8 million. Nearly the same amount (N3.77 million) that was paid into the account of an admin and HR specialist at the agency, Saubanu Sulaiman Lawal.

By making these payments the agency contravenes the provision of chapter 7, section 713 of Nigeria’s civil service financial regulation.

Agencies are by the provision  barred from paying personal money into government’s bank account, and under no condition “shall any public money be paid into a private bank account.”

“An officer who pays public money into a private account is deemed to have done so with fraudulent intention,” according to that section of the regulation.

BCDA declined to officially respond to an FOI request by this newspaper despite repeated requests for it.

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ISRAEL BOB-MANUEL 3,844,000
MURTALA AHMED BABA 20,067,643.61
SAUBANU SULAIMAN LAWAL 3,774,930
IBRAHIM KWAJAFA ABBA MSHELIA 12,066,355.94
TOTAL 39,752,929.55

Source: Premium Times NG

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