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Attempted Theft Of NIA's $44m: Group Asks EFCC To Probe Kingibe, Abba Kyari, DG NIA

An advocacy group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA), has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate a plot to steal $44 million from the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) by Messrs. Babagana Kingibe, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Rufai Abubakar, Director-General (DG) NIA; and Mr. Abba Kyari. Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The demand for investigation was made through a petition addressed to Mr. Ibrahim Magu, Acting EFCC Chairman. According to HEDA, its demand for an investigation and possible prosecution of those involved in the attempted diversion was based on a report published by SaharaReporters on 6 February.

Signed by Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, Chairman of HEDA, the petition stated that the envisaged investigation will go a long way in banishing doubts about the fidelity of the government's claim that it is tackling corruption.

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