Auditor General Denies N10Bn Fraud Allegations With Osinbajo

Moses Ofodeme

The Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr Anthony Ayine has dismissed a report alleging that he and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo collaborated and withdrew N10 billion from the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS account.

A statement signed by Ayine on Monday, August 17, in Abuja, urged the general public to ignore and disregard the libelous publication in its entirety.

He said the publication regarding his alleged role with Osinbajo which was a mere fiction of the author’s imagination was self-seeking and not for public good or interest.

Ayine noted that his role and responsibilities as the Auditor-General were to audit the nation’s accounts; and report to the National Assembly.

According to him, the Auditor-General for the Federation has no Powers whatsoever to authorise withdrawal; nor does he have any business withdrawing money from the NHIS or any other ministry; department; or agency of government.

“I was only appointed in January 2017; and could not have withdrawn any money in December 2016 as claimed.

“Ever since my appointment as Auditor-General for the Federation; I have never been a Board Member or an officer of the NHIS; nor have I ever been a signatory to any bank account operated by the NHIS.

“The powers and responsibilities of the Auditor-General for the Federation of Nigeria are enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended); and also are clearly spelt out.

“It is noteworthy that the Constitution did not give the Auditor-General any powers or rights to authorise the withdrawal of any money; or monies in accounts of any MDA whatsoever.

“The Auditor-General for the Federation has no direct reporting relationship with the Vice President. Such irresponsible online publication is a calculated attempt to deceive the public; and also to tarnish the image of the Auditor-General for the Federation and Vice President Osinbajo; and must likewise be condemned by all and sundry,’’ he explained.

He assured the public that the integrity of himself as well as that of his Office which had been lauded nationally and internationally for the professionalism in discharging the constitutionally assigned responsibilities remained intact.

An online publication had alleged that Ayine as well as Osinbajo withdrew money from the account of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

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