EFCC FREEZES N30BN NSIPA CASH TRACED TO PRIVATE ACCOUNTS
Written by Oyebamiji Idowu on January 4, 2024
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has made significant progress in its investigation of a suspected N44 billion fraud at the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA). The agency has tracked and frozen N30 billion of the missing funds, which were allegedly funneled into private and corporate accounts linked to individuals acting as fronts.
The suspicious movement of funds involved NSIPA officials transferring money from the agency’s accounts to private entities. The EFCC has frozen these multiple accounts while its investigation continues. Some NSIPA officials are already under investigation, and further arrests are expected as the probe deepens.
This case has raised concerns about corruption and mismanagement within NSIPA, a government agency responsible for administering several social welfare programs aimed at alleviating poverty and inequality in Nigeria. The N44 billion in question represents a significant portion of the agency’s budget, and its alleged misappropriation could have severe consequences for the beneficiaries of these critical programs.
The EFCC’s progress in recovering N30 billion offers a glimmer of hope for accountability and justice. However, the investigation is ongoing, and it remains to be seen whether the remaining N14 billion can be retrieved and what sanctions will be imposed on those involved in the alleged scam.