LAGOS: NIGERIA human rights watchdog, Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has dismissed allegations of fraud against the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi.

A so-called amorphous group in the social media made the allegations, which also cited NEMA Head of Procurement, Abdullahi Usur. A contract for landscaping awarded at a cost of N3 billion (US$ 15071610.00) and a contract for car park canopy to the tune of N1,35 billion (US$ 6782225.00) were said to have been improperly authorized.

“From our background of experience as an organisation that has observed public procurement mechanisms since the emergence of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) we view these allegations as bogus and substantially vacuous and if available facts before us are anything to go by then it is safe to dismiss these allegations as dubious and politically motivated,”HURIWA stated.

HURIWA National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, jointly denounced the allegations. They said when these range of allegations hit the social media, HURIWA investigated to ascertain the credibility of the source of the information but it was clear that the source could not be traced.

“There is no valid physical or cyberspace address and the names cited as signatories of the allegations of multibillion Naira contract scandal can’t be identified since they are unknown to most credible stakeholders in the organized civil society and human rights community.” HURIWA said thus far, there appeared to be no concrete evidence to confer credibility to these allegations.

“Our team of trained private investigators are combing all nooks and crannies of NEMA and on the interim, the allegations can’t be substantiated with physicaland/evidence based proof.”

SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY

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