A N3.2 trillion fraud has been uncovered in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. This was disclosed by the Auditor General of the Federation, Samuel Ukura, who submitted a report to the Clerk of National Assembly, Salisu Makaisuwa.
Ukura said that the N3.2 trillion, realised from sales of crude oil, was not remitted to Federation Account Allocation Committee.
The report howed that a massive fraud of N3.3 trillion was uncovered in some federal government agencies of which NNPC alone had the largest – N3.2 trillion.
Other agencies were fraud were uncovered included the Police Service Commission, Foreign Mission, Nigeria Ports Authority, Petroleum Equalisation Fund, Nigerian Prison Service and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
According to the Accountant-General, total payments amounting to N73.5 billion were made contrary to the established purpose of the funds.
Part of the report reads:
“The sum of N36 billion was released to the Office of the National Security Adviser for the rehabilitation and construction of Dams instead of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
“The Sum of N2.9 billion was spent for the procurement of hand sanitizer for schools and critical public places.
“The sum of N31 billion was payment of subsidy on fertiliser and youth employment in Agriculture programme.
“The sum N2.4 billion was payment for group life Assurance Premium for Armed Forces Budget in 2013 but not cash backed.
“The sum of N500 million was payment for schools Agricultural programmes.
“From examination of NNPC mandates to CBN on domestic crude Oil sales and reconciliation statement of Technical Sub-committee of Federation Allocation Committee meeting held in January 2014, amount not remitted to FAAC was N3.2 trillion.
“Review of sales profile on sales of Gas to Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas was not paid to the Federation Account but transferred to some undisclosed Escrow Accounts. Relevant documents were not made available for verification.”