Petitions to anti-graft agencies: I will not succumb to blackmail, says PenCom DG

PenCom DG, Aisha Dahir-Umar

The National Pension Commission (PenCom) said it was ready to open its books for scrutiny because it had nothing to hide.

Director-General of the Commission, Mrs Aisha Dahir-Umar, said in a statement in Abuja on Friday that she was aware of a co-ordinated plan to bring the commission into disrepute with frivolous petitions to the anti-graft agencies in collaboration with disgruntled insiders.

Read her: “These elements, some of whom have yet to come to terms with the fact that PenCom is no longer at their beck and call, have been sponsoring negative media reports and getting faceless groups to write frivolous petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“Although some low-level media outfits are giving a voice to these defamatory petitions, those who know how we conduct our affairs at PenCom are not in any way bothered. Since I took over as the DG, we have undertaken far-reaching reforms within the organisation which are yielding positive results.”

Describing the era of “anything goes” as long dead and buried, she said: “Those who think they can use the commission to make money or that they should be the ones calling the shots are bitterly disappointed and are sponsoring false publications and trumped-up petitions.

“We will co-operate fully with the agencies. Our message to the disgruntled elements today is exactly as it was yesterday: we will not allow anyone to pilfer pension funds for aggrandisement. It will never happen under my watch.”

Dahir-Umar said that if PenCom had anything to hide, “we would have surrendered to the agents of blackmail who have been on our case since 2017 when I became acting DG.”

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