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Update: Officials At Nigerian-Embassies Steal Millions From Visa/Application Fees–Republic Reporters

Update: Officials At Nigerian-Embassies Steal Millions From Visa/Application Fees–Republic Reporters New York[RR] Washington,DC–In Empire of Thieves of faltering nation-state called Nigeria conitinues to showcase fundamentals of a failed State, characterized by colossal fiscal irresponsibility, failing regulatory practices, and non-accountability and transparency, one wonders what’s going on. Republic Reporters investigations show that there is systemic corruption […]

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Update: Officials At Nigerian-Embassies Steal Millions From Visa/Application Fees–Republic Reporters

New York[RR] Washington,DC–In Empire of Thieves of faltering nation-state called Nigeria conitinues to showcase fundamentals of a failed State, characterized by colossal fiscal irresponsibility, failing regulatory practices, and non-accountability and transparency, one wonders what’s going on. Republic Reporters investigations show that there is systemic corruption across Nigerian embassies around the world, such that, government officials can go on looting-spray with impunity, with opportunity lurking before them is pratically actionable and nothing will happen.

Credible source told Republic Reporters that Nigeria is a society where one calamity after another bedevils the land, while, the feds play ostrich. And when caught napping, it belatedly set-up toothless-committees that comes up with recommendations and attended implementation prognostics that is never followed-up by same officials who set them up in the first place.

For example, both fed and states governments arrogantly ignore purported recommendation-reports forwarded to them by various committees in all spheres of administration by both states and federal governments that includes Audit reports from Nigerian Embassies around the world, Republic Reporters New York has learned.

Oofficials at Nigerian-Embassies around the world swipe millions from Visa-Fees, reports alleged. For example, Former disgraced Ambassador to Nigeria Embassay-Washington DC Area, Oduwole Rotimi was caught in “fighting corruption scheme” to steal from 23.5 Million dollars drived from Real-Estates properties sales from two or more Nigerian-government properities here in the US, but was rendered powerless by then legal counsel to the Nigerian-Embassay, Emeka Ugwonye.

Ezeana Igirigi Achusim said, “What difference does it make? If they don’t steal the money, some one else will. If they were the only ones stealing, and stealing just the passport renewal fees, there would still be plenty of money left to do the Niger bridge ten times over. But stealing is in vogue and the rule. Which Nigerian in government wants to be the exception..”, he said to the shock of observers.

Meanwhile, sources told Republic Reporters that Ugwuonye had what is called the Power of Attorney (POA) and power to place lien on Federal government funds if fed reneged to pay him his balance of unpaid monies owed him by fed from legal services he law firm provided for Federal govt/Nigerian-Embassy Washington DC Area (for over 8-years Ugwonye alleged). Other source disclosed to RepublicReport that Ugwonye told them in Lagos that he has been paid all his monies and claimed when he returned to Lagos trip he will release the alleged “1.5 Million Dollars from IRS Tax-Return” from the Embassy’s Tax fees.

Meanwhile, attempt was orchestrated to rubbish the Nigerian-Washington Lawyer, Emeka E. Ugwonye with alleged “Impounded 1.5 Million dollars IRS Tax-Return, by Rotimi/Bolaji Aluko/Walter Blair/Sobo/Sowore/SR and others in a campaign of calumny sources disclosed to RepublicReport. The corruption explosion in Nigeria and her Embassy is mind-boggling.

Today, new emerging bombshell reports show Nigerian Embassaies around the world steal from Visa-Fees and refused to forward remittances back to Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, sources disclosed to RepublicReport New York. In as much we do not say Ugwonye is a saint, but documents in our possession backs-up our findings. Comparatively speaking, convicted criminal Walter Blair, Bolaji Aluko’s Lawyer, now serving 8-year in the slammers on charges that include paying himself from drug monies and aiding and abetting a drug-trafficker for several years and was never made public/or denied by Howard University Professor Aluko is troubling, since he has been his lawyer for many years. Attorney Walter Blair started his jail term since March 2010, and is still retained as Aluko’s lawyer prior his appointment today by fed as Vice Chancellor of Bayelsa Federal University, one nine newly created federal University across the country.

Still on Nigerian-Embassies corruption is sky-rocketing because of lack of checks and balances within the chains of government. Some Nigerian employees at Nigerian-Embassies have gotten away with their thiefing ways, reports have revealed: “according to the 2008 Audit Report, which was forwarded to the National Assembly in October last year, the Nigerian embassy in Paris, France collected as revenue a total of N271,810,955.20, but did not remit the money to the federal government”.
In Lisbon, “The 284-page report, which was signed by the acting Auditor General of the Federation, G.F Ogunshina, said the non-remittance contravenes Financial Regulation 302, which requires the issuance of Treasury Receipts by all Sub-standards or revenue collectors for all revenue collected by them. The report stated that the mission was instead issuing temporary receipts for revenues collected by them”.

“The report also said that the Nigerian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal collected € 101,902.82 (N21,756,822.73) without remitting it, but instead spent the money, contrary to Financial Regulation 323″.
Auditors documentations in Moscow–Russia–show “the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow generated US$94,819.00 (N138,443,515.16) as revenue from visa between January and December, 2008 but did not pay it into the treasury”.
The office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF) has indicted four Nigerian embassies abroad for not remitting monies they collected as visa fees and for other items to the federal treasury in 2008.

Consequently, it has asked the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain the anomalies.
According to the 2008 Audit Report, which was forwarded to the National Assembly in October last year, the Nigerian embassy in Paris, France collected as revenue a total of N271,810,955.20, but did not remit the money to the federal government.
The 284-page report, which was signed by the acting Auditor General of the Federation, G.F Ogunshina, said the non-remittance contravenes Financial Regulation 302, which requires the issuance of Treasury Receipts by all Sub-standards or revenue collectors for all revenue collected by them. The report stated that the mission was instead issuing temporary receipts for revenues collected by them.

The report also said that the Nigerian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal collected € 101,902.82 (N21,756,822.73) without remitting it, but instead spent the money, contrary to Financial Regulation 323.
On its part, the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow generated US$94,819.00 (N138,443,515.16) as revenue from visa between January and December, 2008 but did not pay it into the treasury.

The report claims, “Financial Regulation 412 stipulates that the authority conveyed to officers controlling votes by recurrent warrants is limited to the amounts provided under each subhead in the approved estimate and no expenditure on any subhead of the recurrent estimate in excess of the provision in the approved estimates may be authorized by any officer controlling a vote, without approval of the National Assembly which will be sought by means of an application for virement or supplementary provisions”.

In Athens–Greece similar cases of fraudulent activities abound. For instance, “On the country’s embassy in Athens, Greece, the audit report said contrary to the extant regulations, it collected the sum of €31,765.00 (N6,782,005.38) without issuing Treasury Receipts even as it expended another N41,188,307.30 in excess of the approved estimates on 17 various recurrent subheads during the year under review”.

RepublicReport gathered the list of fiscal irresponsibility, non-compliance of financial regulatory practices in these embassies know no boundaries, just as endemic corruption within Nigeria frontiers by corrupt politicians in FCT, Abuja and her National Assembly, and across 36-States of the federation of the country defys solutions, condemns boundaries and/or barriers.
Finanical Experts say, this revelations are “practically and mentally numbing and seems to be bedeviled by years of military dictatorship and purported civilian administrations”.

“Contrary to the above provision, the Nigeria Embassy, Moscow, Russia expended the sum of N227,822,248.84 in excess of the approved provision under the recurrent subheads of expenditure between 2006 and 2008 fiscal years. The permanent secretary has been informed of this anomaly for his comment.”

On the country’s embassy in Athens, Greece, the audit report said contrary to the extant regulations, it collected the sum of €31,765.00 (N6,782,005.38) without issuing Treasury Receipts even as it expended another N41,188,307.30 in excess of the approved estimates on 17 various recurrent subheads during the year under review.

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Contravened regulations: In the Nigerian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, according to the report, CFA 8,814,638.88 (N2,250,313.00) was paid to 18 contractors in cash, thereby contravening the financial regulation which requires that payment to firms shall be made only by cheques.

It added that, “CFA 7,454,000.00 (N1,902,986.98) collected as revenue and entered in the register, but Treasury Receipts were not issued to the payers even when the mission had the Treasury Receipts in abundance.
“Hence it is difficult for me to confirm that (N1,902,986.98) as entered in the register was the actual revenue collected. Besides, it contravenes the financial regulation which requires that every sub-accounting officer or revenue collector shall issue a receipt for each sum paid to him.

“The permanent secretary has been informed of these irregularities for his comments and necessary action,” the report states.

The office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF) has indicted four Nigerian embassies abroad for not remitting monies they collected as visa fees and for other items to the federal treasury in 2008.

Consequently, it has asked the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explain the anomalies.
According to the 2008 Audit Report, which was forwarded to the National Assembly in October last year, the Nigerian embassy in Paris, France collected as revenue a total of N271,810,955.20, but did not remit the money to the federal government.
The 284-page report, which was signed by the acting Auditor General of the Federation, G.F Ogunshina, said the non-remittance contravenes Financial Regulation 302, which requires the issuance of Treasury Receipts by all Sub-standards or revenue collectors for all revenue collected by them. The report stated that the mission was instead issuing temporary receipts for revenues collected by them.

The report also said that the Nigerian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal collected € 101,902.82 (N21,756,822.73) without remitting it, but instead spent the money, contrary to Financial Regulation 323.
On its part, the Embassy of Nigeria in Moscow generated US$94,819.00 (N138,443,515.16) as revenue from visa between January and December, 2008 but did not pay it into the treasury.

The report says: “Financial Regulation 412 stipulates that the authority conveyed to officers controlling votes by recurrent warrants is limited to the amounts provided under each subhead in the approved estimate and no expenditure on any subhead of the recurrent estimate in excess of the provision in the approved estimates may be authorized by any officer controlling a vote, without approval of the National Assembly which will be sought by means of an application for virement or supplementary provisions.
“Contrary to the above provision, the Nigeria Embassy, Moscow, Russia expended the sum of N227,822,248.84 in excess of the approved provision under the recurrent subheads of expenditure between 2006 and 2008 fiscal years. The permanent secretary has been informed of this anomaly for his comment.”

On the country’s embassy in Athens, Greece, the audit report said contrary to the extant regulations, it collected the sum of €31,765.00 (N6,782,005.38) without issuing Treasury Receipts even as it expended another N41,188,307.30 in excess of the approved estimates on 17 various recurrent subheads during the year under review.

“Contravened regulations. In the Nigerian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, according to the report, CFA 8,814,638.88 (N2,250,313.00) was paid to 18 contractors in cash, thereby contravening the financial regulation which requires that payment to firms shall be made only by cheques.
It added that, “CFA 7,454,000.00 (N1,902,986.98) collected as revenue and entered in the register, but Treasury Receipts were not issued to the payers even when the mission had the Treasury Receipts in abundance.

“Hence it is difficult for me to confirm that (N1,902,986.98) as entered in the register was the actual revenue collected. Besides, it contravenes the financial regulation which requires that every sub-accounting officer or revenue collector shall issue a receipt for each sum paid to him.

“The permanent secretary has been informed of these irregularities for his comments and necessary action,” the report states.

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