SDGs in Nigeria: N23bn allegedly traced to staff account

The Offices of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) are to explain how N23billion was allegedly found in the account of a Level 12 officer.
Security and anti-graft agencies have commenced a discreet probe.
Also, relevant documents detailing illicit transactions have been forwarded to the National Assembly.
PR Nigeria’s Economic Confidential reports that the staff and others linked to the alleged fraud had been seconded to the SDG office from the OAGF.
But after the scandal leaked to the media, the embattled staff and others were secretly sent back to the OAGF by SDGs.
The indicted civil servant is from a North-West State.
The account containing the alleged diverted funds was detected via the BVN.
The same was used to open several companies accounts where different amounts were found.
“The personal BVN of the said officer was tied to the slush account of one of the companies being used,” a highly-placed source said.
The officer reportedly admitted to investigators that retained N1.8billion of the money for personal use.
Another source said: “Those involved have been trying to bury the scandal. It is unfortunate that such a huge sum will be laundered in a country where many people cannot feed.
“We want the Presidency to get to the root of this scandal. All the suspects are trying to bribe their way through in order to stall investigation of this fraud.”
Orelope-Adefulire, a former deputy governor in Lagos State, is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs.
In a chat with DAILY POST Monday morning, Desmond Utomwen, SDGs media coordinator, promised to give an official reaction.
However, the SDGs office proposed N40 billion as budget for the 2020 fiscal year.
But in the estimate submitted to the legislature, an additional N33billion was found.
This jerked up to N77billion and is one of the highlights of the ongoing probe by the lawmakers and relevant agencies.
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