DFA at NCAA, three others arrested for alleged N2bn DTA fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested four senior staff of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for alleged N2 billion fraud.

The Cable quoted a source as saying those arrested are the agency’s director of finance and administration, Mrs. Bilkisu Adamu Sani, deputy general manager, treasury, Mr. Hart Benson Fimienye, deputy general manager, management accounts, Mr. Obene Jenbarimiema Turniel, and general manager, accounts and stores, Mr. Nathaniel Terna Kaainjo,

Kaainjo was said to have been taken into EFCC custody on Thursday, March 16, while the others were arrested yesterday, March 20.

It was gathered that the four officials were grilled at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja for allegedly paying themselves and others duty tour allowances (DTAs) in excess of N2 billion.

Duty tour refers to an official trip embarked upon by a public servant.

In 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the increase of DTAs for ministers, permanent secretaries and civil servants on grade levels (GL) one to 17.

The approval of the new allowances was conveyed in a circular issued by chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta.

The new allowances took effect on September 1, 2022.

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