NDLEA destroys three tonnes of skunk in Edo state
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on June 5, 2023
The Senate has indicted the Office of Accountant General of the Federation for its refusal to repay short term loans given to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, from special funds to the tune of Nine hundred and ten billion.
It uncovered this after investigation by the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, led by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Edo South, following the submission of 2017 Auditor General’s report.
According to the query, the balance remained unpaid throughout the year, though they were designed to be short term.
In its response, the Office of the Accountant General claimed that several letters were written to the then Minister of Finance to authorize the settlement of the loans granted against allocations of various MDAs.
Urhoghide’s committee observed that there was continuous abuse of the special funds by the executive as the withdrawals were continually made for political expediency outside the purpose for which the funds were meant.
From the South-South comes this report which says operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have stormed a forest in Owan West local government area of Edo state, where they located a large warehouse of skunk.
The warehouse is reportedly used to store over 231 jumbo bags of the psychotropic substance weighing 3,003 kilograms, which was set ablaze.
The operation involving hundreds of well-armed NDLEA operatives followed intelligence that a wanted drug kingpin had stored tons of the illicit substance in the forest ready for distribution to other parts of the country.