14th August, 2018
CACOL BACKS CALL FOR PROBE OF DAURA’s FOREIGN ACCOUNTS
The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has thrown its weight behind the call for the dismissed Director General (DG) of the State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Daura, to be investigated for ownership of two foreign accounts.
In a press release issued by the organization’s Coordinator, Media and Publications, Otunuga Adegboyega on behalf of the Executive Chairman of the Centre, Debo Adeniran he stated: “It seems the atrocities committed by the nation’s former Spy Master, Lawal Daura while he held sway at the SSS really had no bounds. We had earlier written an open letter to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to probe the activities of the secret Police under Daura’s leadership, considering the mind-boggling security breaches and humongous financial misappropriation that took place during his tenure. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must therefore investigate allegations that Daura owns two foreign accounts which were opened, contrary to the established laws governing activities of public officials in Nigeria. It was alleged that one of the accounts which was opened with the pseudonym- Auwalu Kallamu- actually contained funds meant for payment of ransom for the release of school girls abducted from Chibok and Dapchi in Borno and Yobe states respectively. Media reports also revealed the name of the bank where about eight million pounds were stashed as Lamda Privat Bank, in the Swiss-German principality, Liechtenstein through some accomplices.
“As we discuss the need to probe the tenure of Daura, the report also revealed that some countries including Israel have already investigated and identified the unholy involvement of their nationals in bribery and corrupting foreign government officials, in which the Nigerian security chief’s name featured prominently.”
The CACOL boss concluded: “Just as we posited in our earlier reaction to the sack of Daura as the head of the nation’s secret Police, we still believe that apart from the appointment of a new boss, there is the need to holistically probe all that transpired under Daura. This would enable the nation to not only establish the level of rot which occurred at the place; it would also allow us to plug all loopholes in our security architecture in order to enable us reposition the sector in line with modern best practices.”
Media Coordinator, CACOL
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