Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in Abuja have grilled Assistant Director of Finance at Department of State Service, DSS, Mr Kunle Kadri, for alleged fraud and mismanagement, report Premium Times.
Kadri, an accountant and a financial manager, was whisked from his home on Tuesday in handcuffs and is currently detained at the Idiagbon House, headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.
The EFCC has not issued any statement on Kadri’s investigation but reliable sources hinted,Wednesday, of “alarming holes and loose nets” that are invariably destined to end at the gatehouse of former Director-General of DSS, Lawal Daura, who was dismissed from service last year when he sent ninja-like, gun-toting, masked men to the National Assembly to try to take over the parliament and achieve the purpose of the executive branch of the government.
Kadri is a noted ally and confidant of Daura and is suspected to be still in active dialogue with him “so much as to describe it as a fiduciary relationship,” sources added.
Detectives at the EFCC say they believe Kadri will help provide clarity to the brewing controversy over the N10.2 billion supplementary budget that the DSS received, in part, for its election operations.
The supplementary election budget was proposed while Daura headed the DSS but was released after his exit and during the tenure of the current head of the agency, Yusuf Bichi.
“We think he is already making helpful statements for now and since he has worked with the past three directors-general of the service, there is no better person to offer a literate interpretation of some of the barbed edges in the accounting process at the agency,” the source said.
Neither EFCC operatives nor DSS officials have so far offered any official suggestions of a Daura dimension to the N10.2 billion controversy, but the DSS on Tuesday issued a tough warning to the public to desist from engaging its former Director-General, Daura, on its behalf.
DSS claimed that it had been inundated with insinuations that Daura still wields influence in its internal affairs, months after he was fired from office.
“While the service debunks this false belief, it warns that any person or group that further engages him or his representatives/associates does so at his/her own peril,” DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya said in a statement.
“The service will not tolerate acts of impersonation designed to undermine it and will decisively deal with person(s), no matter how highly placed, that may engage in such behaviour,” Afunanya’s added.
Although the DSS offered no specifics on whether or not it was in possession of credible complaints about questionable deals involving Mr Daura and unsuspecting persons prior to its statement, the arrest and questioning of his finance director hours after the DSS statement has heightened suspicion of a veiled correspondence between Mr Daura’s future in retirement and Mr Kadri’s new status as suspect.
When contacted, yesterday, DSS spokesperson, Afunanya said he was not aware of Mr Kadri’s arrest and would get back when he gets more information. EFCC spokesperson Tony Orilade did not pick or return calls to his phone.