Senate Summons Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed Over N7.5bn ‘Secret’ Withdrawal
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The senate committee on public accounts has summoned Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, over an alleged secret withdrawal of N7.5 billion from the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) account.
Ahmed Idris, accountant-general of the federation, was also summoned over the withdrawal from the NADDC levy account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The Mathew Urhoghide-led panel issued the summons on Wednesday following a query raised in the auditor-general of the federation’s (AuGF) report.
The AuGF said the funds were withdrawn on various occasions from 2000 to 2006 for government transactions carried out by the presidency. Jelani Aliyu, NADDC director-general, told the lawmakers that the money was withdrawn without the knowledge of the agency.
He also said previous efforts by the agency to get the money refunded have failed. It said N3.7 billion was withdrawn between March and December 2000 while N3.8 billion was withdrawn in two installments — N2.8 billion in 2005 and N1 billion in 2006.