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Reps Query OAGF Over N15bn Payment  to Remita

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives yesterday queried the payment of N15 billion to Remita, a payment platform from the Office of the Accountant General for the Federation (OAGF).

The committee accused the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Commercial Banks of complicity in the sharing of the N150 billion remittance.

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Bamidele Salam, Chairman PAC made the allegation at the resumed investigative hearing on revenue leakages in Abuja.

Salam said that the payment of N15 billion to Remita from the OAGF from 2016 to 2018 was questionable, adding that the OAGF paid the money without agreement or contract.

He described the payment as illegal. “The money is an illegal payment. There was no budget provision, so where did they source the money from?” the chairman queried.

He said, “The CBN also shared in the money. The money is an illegal payment. There was no budget provision so where did they source the money from?

 “Ordinarily, that whole sum of VAT ought to go to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) but what they are doing in this transaction is that they will now add that VAT to the N150.

“They will add it up, and take it to the CBN,” he alleged.

He said, “System Spec and Remita, both collect revenue for the federal government, will share 50 percent, while the banks and the CBN will also have their share.”

He said that by the time the committee finishes its reconciliation, “I am very sure that hundreds of billions of naira will be the VAT component that was not remitted to FIRS.”

According to him, each bank ought to take the money and directly remit it to FIRS.

“Now Remita is saying that those collecting should calculate the money that has been shared. How do we track this kind of money?” he asked.

The PAC chairman warned the Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS), Mr Zacch Adedeji against disregard for the committee, stressing that Adedeji’s actions amounted to contempt of parliament.

Salam said that for four times the committee invited the FIRS chairman but he failed to show up.

According to him, “In addition to writing him officially, we have also made sure that such letters were delivered personally to his mail box and his WhatsApp number.

“And we condemn and describe it as irresponsible and arrogant, and we tell him that there will be consequences if he continues this contempt of parliament.”

He said that several letters had been written him without responses, adding that the Value Added Tax (VAT) that the federal government should be collecting on Remitta had not been collected by FIRS.

The Director of Banking Services of the CBN, Mr Ahmed Abdullahi said they deemed it fit to source for an alternative way of remitting revenue and Remita and System Spec were selected because they had been rendering similar services to banks.

According to him, Remita was engaged in 2011 and operations commenced in 2012 with system module names. The CBN only finalised the transaction

He said that the fees charged under the TSA were in line with the structure of banking. The volume of revenue collection that passed through Remita was N86 million.

Mr. Oyewole Adewale, Chief Accountant, TSA Department, representing the Accountant General for the Federation, accused the CBN of not honoring its letters to reconcile the revenue accrued to the country through TSA.

He said the OAGF had developed a system where all revenue generated by the Ministries of Departments and Agencies of Government (MDAs) could now be monitored without any interference.

Mr Aderemi Atanda, the Director of Remita Payment Services Ltd., while reading the summary of the TSA collection record, said that 10, 20, and 50 percent were shared among CBN, commercial banks, and Remitta.

He said that collections are not static, they vary.

“From 2015 to 2016, it was N4.2 million, and the fee paid was N8.5 billion; in 2016, N1.3 billion was paid.”

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MMIA Customs Command Posts N45.2b, Beats 2023 Q1 by 111.7%

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From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos

Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has announced a total revenue of N45,23 billion for the first quarter of 2024.Making this disclosure in his review of the command’s activities in the period under review, Compt.

Mohammed Yusuf said the figure exceeded the N21,36 billion collected in the corresponding period of 2023 by N23,86 billion, representing 111.
7 percent.He noted that though important sectors of the economy were adversely affected by the unstable exchange rate, among others, the command remains resolute at collecting the much-needed revenue for the government, and to ensure the safety and well-being of the citizenry by curbing smuggling and facilitating legitimate trade.
“Similarly, the command recorded an appreciable increase in its anti-smuggling drive, which led to the interception of 50 pieces of 9mm live ammunition discovered in a joint examination conducted by the service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” he said.He listed the first quarter seizures to include 1,164kg sea cucumbers, 58kg of donkey genitals and 17 cartons of tramadol – all with a cumulative Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the N5.8 billion, adding that the items contravened some of the provisions of NCS Act 2023.He explained that the command has maintained an “open-door policy and resolved a lot of issues of common interest with concerned stakeholders,” while thanking the critical stakeholders, including sister-agencies and the media, for their collaboration and synergy in the discharge of the command’s statutory mandate in the state.Yusuf commended the Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashiru Adewale Adeniyi, and his management team for their continued support, just as he thanked the officers and men of the command, urging them to remain focused and steadfast in their assigned responsibilities.

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Bandits Kill 30 Vigilantes in Niger Village

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From Dan Amasingha, Minna

Dogon-Dawa Community in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State was thrown into anguish over the weekend as no less than  30 members of its voluntary security outfit called Yan Sa Kai were killed by gunmen.

 DAILY ASSET  authoritatively gathered from a source in the hard-to-reach area that the incident occurred on Saturday morning.

The source disclosed that the bandits invaded the community in large numbers engaged the Yan Sa Kai in a clash.

Our correspondent gathered that the Yan Sa Kai had trailed the bandits to their hideout when they were  unexpectedly ambushed leading to casualties from both sides after a serious exchange of gunfire.

The source who pleaded anonymity said that there were casualties on the bandits side but could say the number.

The chairman of Mariga Local Government Area, Abbas Kasuwar Garba confirmed the incident.

He expressed concern that this has happened when residents are prepared for farming work.

Garba appealed for calm saying government would investigate the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident.

Efforts to get the response of the Niger State government and the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Wasiu Abiodun at the time of filing in the report proved abortive.

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Omobayo Takes Oath as Dep Gov after Shaibu’s Removal

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Edo State House of Assembly yesterday removed Philip Shaibu as the Deputy Governor of state.Shaibu was impeached by a vote by 18 out of 24 members of state Assembly following the consideration of the report of the seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Daniel Okungbowa.Immediately after his removal, 38-year-old Marvellous Omobayo was sworn in on Monday as the new Edo Deputy Governor to replace his predecessor, Philip Shaibu, who was impeached from office.

The Chief Judge of Edo, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, administered the Oath of Office on Omobayo at the Government House in Benin.
This is the first impeachment in the history of the state.In attendance at the House sitting were 20 members, including the Speaker, Blessing Agbebaku, but 18 members voted for the impeachment while one member abstained.
The process commenced with the Clerk of the House reading out Order 10-presentation and consideration of the seven-man panel report of allegation of gross misconducts against the deputy governor listed in the Assembly’s items for consideration.The Majority Leader of the House, Charity Aiguobarueghan representing Ovia North East 1 moved that the report be considered. His motion was seconded by the Minority Leader, Eric Okaka, Owan East.The Speaker assumed chairman of the committee of the whole House to consider the report, after the Majority and Minority Leaders moved and seconded a motion to that effect.Donald Okogbe, Akoko-Edo II rose to object to part C of the report but his objection was overruled by the Speaker.The House resolved that the allegation of perjury against the Deputy Governor was not proved but held that the second allegation of disclosure of official secrets was proved.The Majority and Minority Leaders of the Assembly moved and seconded a motion, respectively that the Speaker revert to his position as Speaker of the House.The Majority Leader moved that with regard to section 188 subsection 9 of the Constitution, the report be put to vote.Eighteen members voted in support of the impeachment while one member abstained.The Speaker said more than two-thirds majority of the House voted and endorsed the impeachment.He then declared, “I hereby from my seat announce that the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu stands impeached.”

Omobayo appointed by Gov. Godwin Obaseki was immediately sworn-in.

He hails from Akoko-Edo Local Government Area in the same Edo North senatorial district with Shaibu.

Omobayo was born on July 19, 1986. He is an engineer with a professional experience in the oil and gas sector.

He had his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

He is a registered member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

After taking oath of office, Omobayo pledged allegiance to the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said, “In the few critical months left to tidy up the work of this administration, my job as the Deputy Governor is clear and well cut out. I understand it very clearly.

 “In line with the oath of office to which I have just subscribed, I make a solemn pledge to do all in my power, with God’s guidance, to live up to expectations.

 “I will give all it takes to meet the expectations of my principal, the party, and above all, the good people of Edo State.”

The ousted Deputy Governor lambasted members of the Edo State House of Assembly who impeached him.

Shaibu said the lawmakers gave themselves to an act of betrayal and subversion of justice.

The former Deputy Governor made this statement in a video he posted on his X account shortly after the impeachment.

He said, “To the members of the Edo House of Assembly, who have chosen to forsake their oath of office and participate in this charade, I say this: history will judge you hardly for your betrayal of the people who elected you to represent their interest.

“But know this, you do not have the power to silence the voice of power and truth.”

He described his removal as assault on democracy: “I call upon the judiciary and all relevant authorities to intervene and uphold the principles of justice and fairness.

“It is with heavy heart yet a resolute spirit that I come before you to address the recent events that have unfolded within our dear state.

“I denounce in strongest terms the illegal impeachment by the Edo State House of Assembly over trumped-up charges, this is not just an attack on me as an individual but on the very democratic principles that we hold dear.

“It’s a dangerous descent into dictatorship, a threat to the foundation of our democracy. Let it be clear that this impeachment was hatched because of my ambition to contest the Edo Governorship election 2024 under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“My good people of Edo State, thank you all for standing by me under these troubling circumstances as the Deputy Governor of Edo State.”

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