Federal Government suspends NBC over alleged N2.5 billion fraud

Group charges EFCC to thoroughly investigate T.A Orji
The Federal Government has suspended the Director General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Modibbo Kawu over an alleged fraud amounting to N2.5 billion.
According to a statement by the government, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered Kawu’s suspension following Independent Corrupt Practices (ICPC) investigation of his alleged misapplication of over alleged N2.5 billion.
Newssnow reports that Kawu is being prosecuted in connection with pinnacle communications, the signal carrier of the Abuja digitization exercise by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), over alleged N2.5 billion sleaze on the DSO project.
The ICPC had asked the Federal Government to suspend Kawu from office pending the conclusion of the case.
Following this development, the most senior director in the Commission, Professor Armstrong Idachaba, was asked to assume office as the Director General of the Commission.
Meanwhile, a pressure group in Abia State, the Abians for Equity, has challenged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to thoroughly investigate a former governor of the state, Senator T.A Orji, who is alleged to have stolen about N150 billion during his tenure.
In a statement signed by Mazi Okezie Egwuatu, the group said Orji and his son, Chinedum, contributed to Abia State’s underdevelopment by looting the state’s treasury when he was governor.
While T.A Orji is now a senator of the Federal Republic, Chinedum is currently the speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly.

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