The Senate Public Affairs Committee has indicted officials of the Nigerian Embassy in Israel for alleged misappropriation of N848m and $1.5m.
This is a fallout of the committee’s audit query issued to officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 2015 by the Auditor-General of the Federation, Anthony Ayine.
In the report, the AuGoF precisely indicted the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, directed the erstwhile permanent secretary to account for the missing funds.
The representative of current Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Salawu Zubair, was unable to defend the query convincingly before the committee
The auditor-general’s report accused the embassy staff of poor accounting system.
The report read in part, “The sum of $858,704,50 was generated as revenue in respect of visa and administrative charges for the period 2013-2015.The following irregularities were observed:
“Treasury Book 6A and Treasury Book 6 revenue booklets were not kept, and consequently not made available.
“Revenue collector’s registers with details of TR6A and relevant amount were not maintained. Revenue cash books were not updated with relevant entries throughout 2014.
“The sum of $187,554.49 was transferred from revenue to overhead accounts as revealed in the revenue cash books of 2013 and 2015.