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Reps quiz Police Service Commission officials over N1bn extra budgetary spending

The House of Representative Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday grilled officials of the Police Service Commission over alleged extra-budgetary spending and unaccounted funds totalling N1, 066,398,223.

 

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Oluwole Oke (PDP, Osun), who led the session, also kicked against the payments of some of the funds into private accounts of some PSC officials without retirement.

 

The Office of the Auditor- General of the Federation (OAuGF) had issued six audit queries against the PSC in four years – 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019 respectively

 

The Permanent Secretary of the PSC, Mr Williams Alo and Director of Finance and Accounts, Brighten Saagwe represented the Commission at the investigative hearing.

 

In their written defence, the PSC said the N17, 824,680 from the Service Wide Votes (SWV) was “Utilised in the payment of the severance allowances to former chairman and two full-time members of the commission whose tenure in the office expired on 14th April, 2013.”

 

The beneficiaries were DIG Parry B. Osayande (rtd) (N6, 079,200), Honourable Justice S. O. Akintan (N5, 872,740) and Alhaji Habu Daura (N5, 872,740).

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