By David Agba
Following crisis rocking the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), a group under the auspice of the Concern Power Watch, (CPW) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the alleged diversion of hundreds of millions of naira by the immediate past Managing Director of NEMSA, Engr. Peter Ewesor.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja at the weekend, the group’s President, Comrade Femi Adesuen, alleged that Ewesor diverted funds amounting to hundreds of millions of naira via Skye Bank Account – EMSL Account No: 1771407417.
Adesuen alleged that the diversion that was done in collaboration with the then president’s Chief of Staff, Mike Oghiadomhe, was for the purpose of funding the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
According to the CWP’s president, “Ewesor, connived with the Executive Director, Corporate Services Directorate of NEMSA, Ms. Ikechi Nwosu and moved the agency’s hospital equipment from the agency’s hospital in Enugu to its Abuja hospital, re-awarded same contract to Prime Tech Resources Ltd at the cost of N41 million as if the equipment were newly acquired by the agency. This took place in March 2017.”
The group also alleged that former NEMSA boss had an understanding with a top aide of the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola that if re-appointed, he would grant the aide an exclusive privilege of supplying all the transformers needed by the agency.
To cover his alleged atrocities, Engr. Ewesor was alleged to have usurped the duty of the Executive Director Finance by making himself one of the signatories to the agency’s accounts both with Skye Bank and other banks. This contradicted the standard procedures of the agency.
It was reliably learnt that in a bid to escape being exposed, Ewesor has embarked on destroying records that may expose his shady deals. Investigation revealed that he got his loyalists in the agency to destroy every traceable record that may expose his alleged nefarious activities. Such include the reformatting of the agency’s computers and wiping off of all relevant information that may reveal his alleged atrocities while he held sway as the Managing Director.”