Senator George Sekibo representing Rivers east senatorial district on Thursday blew a whistle during the senate’s plenary sitting, insisting that the N13 billion found at the Osborne Towers in Lagos state by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) belongs to Rivers.
He made this claim on the floor of the chamber.
“We appreciate the effort of the president for setting up a committee to look into it. Also appreciate the fact that Nigerians are worried that the money that does not belong to anybody was lodged in a private apartment,” Sekibo said.
“Mr. President we are worried of the claims of the DG NIA and the attorney-general of the federation that the money belongs to NIA and it was approved for covert operations.
“We are worried because at the end of every budget year, every such funds not used by agencies are usually returned to the coffers of the federation, which is central bank.
“We have a suspicion and our suspicion is coming through this direction – the Rivers government had forwarded a petition claiming the loss of over $700 million allegedly taken by the former governor of the state and we pray the senate to do something about it at the time but it became too political.
“That was a whistle that the Rivers government blew at the time. We are coming back to say that money found in 7b – we have done our interim investigation by the Rivers state government and we are blowing the whistle the second time. We trust the capacity of the vice-president as the chairman of the investigative team. And on behalf of my constituents, I am blowing the whistle a second time.”
After speaking, the senator blew a whistle thrice before taking his seat.