Friday, April 6, 2018 12:16 pm
The Board of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has suspended six directors of the agency under investigation for corruption indefinitely.
Sani Datti, spokesperson for NEMA in a statement said the officials were suspended by the newly-inaugurated board of the agency in connection with the ongoing probe of the finances of NEMA by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Datti said the financial years being reviewed by the anti-graft agency are from 2011 to 2015.
He said those placed on suspension are the Director of Finance and Accounts, Akinbola Hakeem Gbolahan; Ag. Director, Special Duties, Mr. Umesi Emenike; Director, Risk Reduction, Mallam Alhassan Nuhu; Pilot in-charge Air Ambulance and Aviation Unit, Mr. Mamman Ali Ibrahim; the Chief Maintenance Officer, Mr. Ganiyu Yunusa Deji; and the Director of Welfare, Mr. Kanar Mohammed.
According to him, the EFCC had in a report to the Presidency recommended the disciplinary measure in order to enable it to conduct unhindered investigation and have access to vital records.
“Based on the EFCC’s recommendation, the Board of NEMA approved the suspension and directed the management to give effect to its decision.
“The Board also mandated the management of NEMA to cooperate fully with the EFCC in the ongoing probe,” the statement by Datti said.