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Alleged fraud, abuse of power by FG’s Auditor-General, Adolphus, phoney, unsubstantiated — official

Adolphus had demonstrated over time that he has never been nepotic or tribalistic in the discharge of his duties.

The allegations of fraud, misconduct, and abuse of power levelled against the Auditor General of the Federation (AuGF), Mr Aghughu Adolphus, have been dismissed as baseless, concoted and unsubstantiated.

Ms. Ika Ika Oqua, the Head, Press Unit in the Auditor General’s office, said the issue of alteration of the Directors’ seniority in the office being raised by some aggrieved people had been resolved by the the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF).

A statement signed by Oqua and given to Persecondnews said:“A circular was issued by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) with ref. HCSF/SPSO/ODD0/E&WP/64421/166 dated 18th July, to put to rest the order of seniority of the first five (5) Directors in the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, which has been a subject of petition by those who feel aggrieved by the placement among the Directors.”

Oqua said the allegations by those doing the bidding of their pay masters did not take into consideration the mandate of the AuGF as enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

“For the avoidance of doubt, section 85(6) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) states that in the exercise of his functions under the constitution, the AuGF shall not be subject to the direction and control of any other authority or person.”

She stated that Adolphus had demonstrated over time that he has never been nepotic or tribalistic in the discharge of his duties.

“It was in the exercise of the foregoing that the AuGF has been redeploying staff of his office to areas that are commensurate with their grade levels, experiences, and qualifications irrespective of their ethnic or religious background.

“The AuGF has demonstrated times without number that he is not a tribalized Nigerian. His personal aids and core support staff cut across ethno, political, religious and geographical divides.

“It is on record that a senior officer of his ethnic background was among those redeployed to zonal offices early this year,” Oqua said, urging Nigerians especially media professionals to always cross-check any information with the office of the Auditor General of the Federation before going to the press.

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