Investigate alleged robbery by DSS officials, Rights Group tells Buhari

Posted by News Express | 23 June 2016 | 3,303 times

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An anti‎-graft coalition, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order investigation into an alleged theft by some agents of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) assigned to Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It was reported that the DSS officials stole N310 million from the money a Bureau de Change operator was transporting to the Senate President

Referring to a report of an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters of the 6th of December, 2015, the national chairman of the group, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, stated that effective investigation and prosecution of the matter will again send a strong message to criminals waiting on the fringes to perpetrate similar acts.

In a statement released by spokesman of the Senate President, Yusuf Olaniyonu, he said the money did not belong to Saraki and denied any connection with the Bureau de Change operator concerned. He however, admitted that two of the suspects were men attached to the security team of the Senate President.

The Commissioner of Police for the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Wilson Inalegwo, also stated that investigations have revealed that the sum of money belonged to the Bureau de Change operator who has not been named and not the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The coalition noted further that “the crux of the matter now is the clear case of money laundering on the part of the Bureau de Change and armed robbery by DSS officials. The Bureau de Change operator was in possession of over N310 million cash for the said business transaction, in gross contravention of established rules by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011. Section 1 of the Act provides.”

CSNAC petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) via a letter dated 16th of December, 2015 demanding an investigation and appropriate actions against the Bureau de Change, DSS officials and the bank where the withdrawal of such a huge amount of money was authorised in violation of the law on money laundering and laid down rules and procedures.

•Photo shows CSNAC Chairman Olanrewaju Suraju.

Source: News Express

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