The Federal government has been charged to come out with the truth regarding the recovered $43.4 million loot at Osborne Towers Lagos and other areas across the nation, Naij.com reports.
Oil and solid mineral producing communities of the Niger Delta region made the call under the aegis of Oil and Solid Mineral Producing Area Landlords’ Association of Nigeria (OMPALAN).
OMPALAN warned the Federal Government not to delay in furnishing Nigerians with the true state of the recovered funds or risk what they termed the ticking bomb in the Niger Delta region.
Vanguard reports that the group, speaking through its national leader, Bishop Udo Uzogu, said that the oil producing communities of the Niger Delta region have been watching the ongoing investigations of recovered loots with keen interest and warned that government should never undermine the outcome by not coming out clean on the probe.
“The $43.4 million and other monies stashed in 7B Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, is a ticking bomb in Niger Delta region. Oil producing communities of the Niger Delta region are watching ongoing investigation of the Osborne Towers loot with keen interest.
“The Federal Government should not underrate the devastating consequences of not coming out with the whole truth surrounding the mysterious loot as only the truth can save Nigeria now.
“The ugly development is a dangerous bomb ticking to explode any time. God Almighty has exposed the real enemies of Nigeria.”
“They are not jobless youths accused of bombing oil installations to protest abject neglect of the oil-rich region but, the corrupt elite class, which alone can afford the luxury of Osborne Towers with massive loot from the convulsing and impoverished oil-rich Niger Delta region,” said Uzogu.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Presidential Investigative Committee probing the recovery of $43.4million at Osborne Towers in Ikoyi, Lagos commenced its work on Monday, April 24 at the Vice President’s Wing of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
But there is a twist in the committee’s work as one of its member, Major-General Babagana Monguno, who is also the National Security Adviser (NSA) has been indicted, The Nation reports.
The NSA was indicted by the suspended Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke, who told the committee members that Monguno knew about the recovered fund.
According to Oke, he wrote a memo to the NSA on the custody of the $43.4million for covert operations.
A source quoted in the report, said the DG maintained his stand that he informed Monguno about the money. NAIJ.com gathered that Oke told the committee about the covert operations and projects executed by the agency.
The source added: “Oke gave a spirited defence of his career and said there was no ill-motive behind the cash.”
At the end of it all, Oke was heard saying “I did my best before the committee. I have left the rest to God.”