Nigeria: Missing $20bn: 96 anti-corruption groups, CSO, embark on forensic audit

BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU, Abuja

As controversy continues to trail the alleged unremitted $20 billion, about 96 anti-corruption groups including Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations have set up an independent forensic audit to ascertain the level of culpability in the remittance of government funds by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to the federation account.

Meanwhile, the 96 anti-corruption groups have said that they were mobilizing to embark on what they described as the mother of protests over the alleged missing money.

Addressing Journalists yesterday, the Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, flanked by other members of the anti-corruption groups stated that now President Goodluck Jonathan had announced through his spokesman, Reuben Abati  the conduct of forensic audit of the NNPC account, there was the need for the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke to step aside so as not to use her influence against the probe.

Besides, the group also said that if the Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should  claim ignorance of not being aware of the non remittance of the subsidy funds in the last three years, she has no business to continue to act as the Cordinating minister.

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