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Breaking: CUPP calls for arrest of AuGF for illegal withdrawal of N10 billion from TSA account

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The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has called for arrest of Auditor-General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine for alledged illegal withdrawal of N10 billion from the TSA account.

The group also asked the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to step aside from his position for being complicit in the illegal withdrawal, saying that the APC administration was competing with the infamous administration of the late Military dictator, General Sani Abacha in corruption.

In a statement issued by CUPP’s spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere on Saturday and made available to CAPITAL POST, he said the group is in possession of documents that indicted the two government officials.

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The statement said: “In the latest revelation backed with relevant documents, it was revealed that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Auditor General of the Federation, Mr. Anthony Ayine, drew whopping N10billion from the
Treasury Single Account (TSA) in 2016.

‘The documents further revealed that in 2016, the two government officials authorized two withdrawals of N5 billion each from the TSA, totalling N10 billion.

“The funds said to belong to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was reportedly withdrawn without the consent and knowledge of the Executive Secretary and the management of the NHIS, therefore forcing a Lagos-based lawyer to petition the Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) and raising alarm over the illegal withdrawal.

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“This latest revelation, coming on the heels of several similar allegations of corruption in other government agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission, the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, definitely calls for concern.

“That all these are happening under the watch of President Buhari who has be flaunting anti-corruption war as one of his administration’s cardinal programmes is not only surprising but also disappointing.

“It appears to opposition political parties that this APC government is
in competition to beat the record of the corrupt regime of late Sani Abacha in direct stealing from public purse.

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“Based on this revelation, the CUPP is hereby calling for the immediate
arrest, investigation and prosecution of the Auditor-General.

“We are also asking that the Vice-President should step aside to clear his name and allow proper investigation into the matter.

“Opposition political parties are of the view that anything short of
these our minimal demands will only confirm the general belief that the present administration is not in any way serious with its acclaimed
anti-corruption war and that the war is merely meant to fight perceived
enemies of government, especially those in opposition political parties”, the statement concluded

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