Senate investigates FG’s release of $462 million for helicopter purchase

The Senate has invited the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.); and Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Godwin Emefiele, over alleged illegal withdrawal of $462m from the Consolidated Revenue Account.

The money was said to have been withdrawn and paid to an American firm for the purchase of helicopters.

It was, however, alleged that it was done without the approval of the National Assembly.

At the plenary on Tuesday, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary put the request to voice vote and it was unanimously granted.

Ekweremadu referred the matter to the Committee on Appropriations, asking it to invite the ministers and the CBN governor to shed light on the release of the whopping sum without the approval of the Senate.

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