Tension is brewing in the Office of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation(OAGF) over N23 billion traced to the account of a Level 12 officer in the establishment. The affected officer and three others linked with the fraud were said to be on secondment from OAGF.
According to media reports, the said Level 12 officer and others have been secretly redeployed to OAGF by SDGs following the uncovering of the scandal. It is reported that anti-graft agencies are digging deep to get to the bottom of the matter with some of the suspects already talking to the investigators.
There are also indications that documents relating to the fraud have been forwarded to the relevant committees in the National Assembly. Informed sources allege that the bank account of the Level 12 officer was allegedly used for slush purposes by the management of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs Office.
It is also believed that the humongous sum were funds diverted from various projects under the SDGs even as millions of Nigerians groan under extreme poverty. Preliminary investigations linked the personal BVN (Bank Verification Number) of the said officer to the bank account of one of the companies set up for the purpose of receiving illicit cash.
The suspect indicted for the slush fund is from a state in North-West and the beneficiaries of the illicit cash including senior politicians and civil servants are rallying around him to sweep the scandal under the carpet. The officer has admitted to one of the agencies that he retained over N1. 8b out of the money for personal use.