Group seek further investigation of Evelyn Ngige’s breach of procurement act

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

A Civil Society Organisation known as ‘Nigerian Watch Front Group has urged the anti corruption agencies in the country to as matter of urgency, initiate a further investigation into the corruption allegations levelled against the Permanent Secretary, federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Evelyn Ngige.

The Group which made the call in a press statement signed by its National Coordinator, Abubakar Gazali Yaro expressed concerns over the continuous stay in office of the Permanent Secretary despite the serious allegation leveled against her.

Abubakar Gazali Yaro who made the statement available to Journalists in Bauchi on Friday recalled that an investigation was ordered by the Inspector General of Police which indicted the permanent secretary for contravening Section 58(4) (d)(5) of public procurement act.

The IG’s order pointed out that the incident was a clear criminal breach of trust capable of being prosecuted under the law.

The CSO which decried that Mrs Ngige still finds herself in public office and has not been suspended for her corrupt act, said Nigerian police force has again invited her to appear before the IGP monitoring team to face interrogations.

“We equally commend the Nigerian police force for their relentless efforts despite alleged huge financial inducement to mute over the case, this has further demonstrated the ability of the force towards criminal convictions and prosecutions of corrupt Government officials”, the group said.

“We therefore, urge the anti-corruption agencies to carryout investigations for further prosecution of her corrupt act,” the group added.

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