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A House of Representatives panel has disclosed that the sum of $202 million is missing at the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA).

The panel said the amount was the balance of $289m said to have been approved as intervention fund for the agency by the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

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The chairman of the committee on public safety and national intelligence, Aminu Jaji (APC, Zamfara) which is investigating the alleged disappearance of $44m from the agency’s vault and the appointment of Ahmed Abubakar as NIA boss, told journalists in Abuja that the panel was making headway.

Jaji, who spoke after meeting with several top government intelligence officials behind closed-doors in Abuja, said their findings so far revealed that the $44m was not missing from NIA’s vault but that it was moved.

“We had a meeting too with the NSA. We later discovered from our meeting since last week that the $44m isn’t missing. For that one, I can tell you they moved the money from one place to another. We’re still investigating. If we get 60 to 70 percent of what we’re supposed to get, then we can tell you.

“But for now, I’ll tell you categorically that the money isn’t missing. They only moved it from the agency to another place pending when all these issues surrounding the agency are resolved,” he said.