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$825bn Fraud: HEDA Wants EFCC, ICPC, To Revisit Babachir Lawal, Dasukigate, Halliburton, Other Cases

HEDA mentioned cases like the allegations of financial impropriety against a former Secretary to the Government of the Federal (SGF), Babachir Lawal involving $8,000,000, and that of a former Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayo Oke involving $43,000,000.

Other cases it wants revisited include the Halliburton bribery scandal worth $180,000,000,000 and the Dasukigate arms deal involving $2,000,000,000, among others.

The Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju in a statement said the organisation will stage a protest at the Lagos offices of the two agencies if the cases are not revisited.

He said: “Against this backdrop, HEDA has decided to organize the protest as a step towards drawing attention once again to the issue of corruption and the unresolved corruption cases in Nigeria, demanding immediate action.

Suraju referred to a publication by HEDA titled “Impunity Galore: A Chronicle of Some Unresolved High-Profile Corruption Cases in Nigeria from 1999 – 2022, where some of these high profile cases were mentioned.

He said: “The compendium highlights cases of national importance that have been ignored or poorly investigated by the anti-graft agencies and the national assembly ad-hoc and joint committees responsible for investigating allegations of corruption.

“According to the compendium, the mentioned cases involve a staggering total amount of over $825 billion.

“It is evident that if these funds had been utilised judiciously, Nigeria could have made significant strides towards becoming a developed nation with modern infrastructure, social support systems, and improved living conditions for its citizens.”

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