Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Mallami (SAN), is alleged to have ordered security agencies to cover up an ongoing multi-billion naira fraud in Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending.
According to SaharaReporters,the AGF has instructed. the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the State Security Service and Nigeria Intelligence Financial Unit to stop investigating the fraud within NIRSA
In a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, Reference Number: DPPA/NIRSAL/110/20, dated February 4, 2020, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, the AGF, who wrote through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mohammed U.E, said it was an “unhealthy competition” and “sheer waste of government resources” for agencies of government to probe financial scandal.
The letter reads, “I am directed to inform you that we are in receipt of a petition from the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System For Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) Referenced NIR/MD/GEN/TAPD/24/20/03 and dated 29th January, 2020 in respect of the above subject-matter. A copy of the petition is hereby attached.
“After a careful study of the petition, we found that NIRSAL is being investigated by several agencies to wit: the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the State Security Service (SSS) and Nigeria Intelligence Financial Unit (NIFU) in respect of the same subject-matter which is not only an unhealthy competition among the agencies of the same Federal Government of Nigeria but a sheer waste of government resources.
“All other agencies investigating the matter are to stay further action to allow your office total control of the investigation.”