As a government agency, illegally sold an SUV worth 18 million euros at the official maximum of N750 thousand.
According to the agency, Mr. Yakubu Tsala, the former chairman of the board of directors of the Lake Chad Research Institute, Maiduguri, Borno state, bought a Prado jeep worth N18 million.
According to its website, the Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI) is responsible for research to improve the quality of millet and grain.
In 2017, the Federation’s Prosecutor General’s Office interrogated the institute about the alleged disappearance of two SUVs.
After investigation, he said that Prado jeeps were purchased in 2013 and 2014, but sold three years later.
The report is pending before the Senate State Accounts Committee, chaired by Senator Matthew Urhogid (PDP, Edo).
The audit question reads: “The management of the institute could not account for 2 Jeep Toyota Prado purchased in 2013 and 2014 with registration number 45KOIFG for one Jeep and none for the other.
“There were no grounds for refusing to register the second Prado jeep. In addition, a Toyota Hiace bus with a registration number. 45KO3FG.
“This is a violation of Fiscal Regulation 2128, which states that“ Every government official bears personal and material responsibility for government property under his control or under his tutelage.
The inability of the management of the Institute to report on the state property in their custody testifies to abuse and mismanagement, since state property could be redirected to private use.
“The executive director is responsible for the cars. The issue was reported to the CEO in my audit report No. EIAD / WTR 16 / CORP / 4 dated December 21, 2017, but he did not respond. “
The institute’s written response states: “The car (Prado Jeep) was acquired on March 21, 2014 for 18.7 million N. Nigeria Research Council) for getting into the car of the former chairman of the board, Mr. Yakubu Tsal, for just 750 000 AD “
The second Prado Jeep, according to the institute, was purchased on September 18, 2013 at a price of N12.4 million, and a request for permission to enter the car was sent to ARCN on June 7, 2017. ”
The Senate jury then ordered the institute’s executive director, Dr. Alhassan Bibin, to appear with the former executive director, who ordered the sale of two Prado jeeps.
Source: – Daily Trust