Nigeria, one of Africa’s brightest and most promising countries, is back in the limelight for all the wrong reasons following the bizarre story of how termites ate most of the vouchers containing details of N17.158 billion which have not yet been accounted for by Nigeria Social Insurance. Investment fund.
The said N17.158 billion as stated in the 2018 audit report was the total amount of money transferred by the NSITF from its Skye Bank and First Bank accounts to various untraceable accounts belonging to individuals and businesses as of January to December 2013.
The reports even state that the Auditor General’s office had, in the 2018 audit report, raised 50 different questions regarding allegations of embezzlement by the management of the agency, which is being investigated by the Senate Public Accounts Committee.
This latest revelation further proved that apart from snakes and monkeys, even termites in Nigeria seem to be organizing a revolution against the status quo. In fact, they can even be accused of having committed acts that could be considered crimes, or even terrorism, if they were actually committed by real human beings.
While we tend to laugh out loud whenever animals make headlines for what we believe to be nonsensical reasons, these NSITF termites have further confirmed that these are no longer the very first shots of fire of a revolution to obtain the recognition of animals.
Truth be told, these methods of making innocent animals, especially those scapegoats of the arthropod phylum for the purpose of covering up alleged corruption in Nigeria, have given social media much amusement.
Termites have eaten vouchers from our N17.1 billion spending, NSITF tells Senate
Now, it seems the trend in Nigeria is for animals to steal money from government organizations or even chew vouchers. Apparently, these animals are swallowing money and escaping the crime scene just by walking out (from all indications the animals are now playing Clyde and Bonnie for us). First it was a rodent, followed by a snake, then a monkey, later a fish, after which a gorilla was named and now it’s termites.
All of this further leaves the question: is the militant Animal Revolution faction skimming the cash to fund a future insurgency if the peace talks fail? Time will tell us.
LEADERSHIP had specifically pointed out that of the unsubstantiated transfers of N17.158 billion made by the NSITF, the Auditor General’s query reads: “Management of the NSITF as shown in the statements of Account No. 1750011691 with Skye bank plc, for the period from January 1, 2013 to December 20, 2013 and account statements No. 2001754610 with First Bank Plc for the period from January 7, 2013 to February 28, 2013, transferred amounts totaling 17,158,883,034.69 billion naira to certain people and companies from these accounts.
While we have timelessly heard strange stories about animals and their deeds, some have been accused of attacking, killing humans, and even stealing food to survive, for example. Some have been arrested, detained, charged and even convicted. The story of rats eating money or documents has long faded. Sadly, when it comes to Nigeria today, the unacceptable story of animals swallowing money worth the investment of a lifetime stole the show.
For many, this narrative is one of the deepest wells of comedy geniuses. If mocking criminal excuses lately is to be ranked, then Nigeria will be the first destination to watch. Just as the country could become an ‘A’ list entry for the world.
Disturbingly, the case of the termite comes just under four years after similar incidents were recorded in 2018, where a mysterious fish swallowed the sum of 52 million naira.
It was also widely reported in 2018 that the money stolen from the ‘wanted’ fish was intended for the South East Entrepreneurship Development Center (SEEDC) employment contract and the refurbishment of the Women’s Development Center. in Abia State.
Although the mystery fish miraculously stole the money from a protected account/vault, reports of how the theft was planned and executed remain a mystery.
Before the fish saga, the story of monkeys swallowing 70 million naira to organize a forum of senators from the north of the country made the rounds in the month of February 2018.
Interestingly, the above story surfaced weeks after a shocking confession by a saleswoman, Philomena Chieshe of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Benue, who claimed that a mysterious snake had swallowed N36 million naira , from the Council Vault, which she made from selling scratch cards in 2018.
Recall also that in 2019, a local radio station in Kano State, Freedom Radio, reported that one of its financial officers alleged that a huge gorilla had snuck into their office to steal money. money, 6.8 million naira (equivalent to over $19,000).
As starving Nigerians were about to recover from the brutal shock of how the country was turned into allegories of money? the voucher swallowing, grass cutting saga involving a Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. David Babachir Lawal resurfaced again in 2021. The revelation was contained in the final report of the ad hoc senate committee that investigated the humanitarian crisis in the northeast in the said period.
In fact, Nigerians who were already in shock that the sum of 270 million naira had been used to clear the grass in a certain IDP camp in Yobe State, were even more perplexed when they learned that the N450 million had been paid into Lawal’s Rholavision Eco Bank account. Engineering Ltd, by five different
Interestingly, just days after the NSITF termite saga, the Department of Agriculture is also making headlines for the wrong reason. The ministry reportedly used N18.9BN to clear bushes during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2019.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Nigerian House of Representatives recently revealed that it has launched an investigation into how the country’s Ministry of Agriculture awarded contracts worth around $18.9 billion naira to several companies to clear the bushes during the COVID-19 lockdown.
This N18.9 billion scrub investigation adds to a long list of scandals that have become hallmarks of government agencies, which – unsurprisingly – has led to the country’s abysmal ratings on transparency and accountability.