*NIA DG was only trying to front
Investigations into the ownership of the Ikoyi $43 million concealed in an Ikoyi, Lagos apartment by agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last week is becoming messier as accusing fingers are allegedly pointed at some key members of President Muhammad Buhari kitchen cabinet.
Since the discovery of the money claims and counter claims have been made as to the true ownership of the money. While some said the money belonged to former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Alhaji Adamu Muazu, Former Aviation Minister Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike have linked Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State as being the owner.
While these claims were flying, Director-General (DG), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr Ayodele Oke surfaced from nowhere to lay claims to the money disclosing that the huge amount of money was meant for some covert operation by the agency.
Sources at the diplomatic and security circle claimed in confidence that the recovered money does not belong to the NIA but that the “NIA boss is merely attempting to cover up the true owners of the money” which it was learnt was allegedly ware-housed on behalf of key kitchen cabinet members may be to prosecute the 2019 general elections.
In very strident voices, agents of the Buhari appointees are employing every crooked means including seeking the support of the media to twist the truth and divert attention from the real owners of the money.
Inside sources at the nation’s elite intelligence agency squealed that in the course of this investigation, that contrary to report by the embattled DG that the money was meant for some covert operations by the agency, the money involved was too much to be kept in the agency’s safe or in a private residence.
“When we have any covert operation that will require such huge amount of money it will be kept in our Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) account to be drawn in tranches. He said adding that, “at my level there is no covert operation the agency will be involved in that l will not know of. It’s all cover up and Nigerians should not be fooled about this,” one of the sources postulated.
Another of the sources in the diplomatic community, advocated on the condition of anonymity, maintained that the money may be part of the diverted funds approved for the NIA by the past government, which “are now being pillaged by agents of the current administration for next elections”.
“NIA does not keep operational money in the hands of private individuals or in private houses. This money is not NIA’s money but it is hidden for some key men in the present government by the NIA boss. They know themselves and President Buhari must get to the root of this mess,” the source stated further.
Independent investigations revealed that some key Buhari’s aides may have found in the NIA DG a willing ally in the bid to hide the huge sum of money away from the knowledge of their principal, President Buhari and operatives of the EFCC adding that the rancour among Buhari’s top security chiefs as well as key aides may also be a design to cause confusion with a view to discrediting the EFCC’s discovery.
EFCC had last week at a luxury apartment on Osborne Road Ikoyi uncovered $43.4million, £27,000 and N23million respectively, at House 6 apartment 7B after an alert by a whistle blower.