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Group calls on President to investigate accumulated stamp duty money


A group of Stakeholders in the Northern Part of the country has implored the Presidency to address the nation on the status of the alleged undercover committee set up to investigate and recover the accumulated stamp duty money.

The group known as the Conference of Northern States Civil Society Network, a forum of states based civil society networks operating in the Nineteen Northern states of Nigeria, and Abuja, made this request through a press statement jointly signed by the group executives.

The statement read; ” Your Excellency, we wish you a happy new year and accept our congratulations on the signing into law, the 2023 appropriation bill, an exercise which happened to be the last of such national rituals you would be obliging Nigerian citizens. 

Sir, we wish to bring to your attention, the trending issue in Nigeria regarding a committee supposedly set up covertly under your able hands to investigate an alleged stamp duty fraud worth N89 trillion. We, as members of the Conference of Northern States Civil Society Networks, operating in the nineteen northern states and FCT, and other Nigerians are worried about the purported humongous sums of money said to have been manipulated by some few individuals, while we continuously pass and sign into law appropriation bills with huge deficits, and whose implementation largely depends on borrowings. We feel uneasy about the increasing Nigerian debt profile, and wonder how our nation, shall magically plan to survive with these humongous deficits in our annual national budgets.”

According to the statement, Sir, Hon. Muhammad Gudaji Kazaure, a member of the National Assembly representing the people of Kazaure, Roni, Gwiwa, and Yankwashi Federal Constituency in Jigawa State, had on several platforms claimed that the presidency had set up an undercover presidential committee, headed by one Mr. Adetola Adekoya to investigate the long accumulated stamp duty revenues.

The  group stated that in their opinion, ” It will be a major disservice to the nation, if you as the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, continue to remain silent on this sensitive national issue, which has not only captured the attention of all Nigerians, but also the international communities.”

“The magnitude of the most recently trending issue deserves nothing less than a live national broadcast to address Nigerians on the status of the said committee and the humongous sums of money said to have been stashed in some Nigerian commercial banks”

“Your Excellency, one of the most painful and derogatory remarks in the entire hullabaloo is that Nigeria is a country where Government borrows Government money and pays interest to cabals”

This  assertion is not only too sensitive to capture your attention but also bears the glaring desire to clear the air and vindicate the reputation of your administration, as some Government officials were fingered in the alleged mess, as well as to save the integrity of our dear country, which is currently at stake.” The group stressed.

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