NABTEB registrar describes alleged N49m fraud claim as blackmail

NABTEB registrar describes alleged N49m fraud claim as blackmail

- NABTEB registrar, Ifeoma Abanihe, says a former chairman of the board of the agency is trying to tarnish her reputation

- She claims Leonard Shilgba just wants to put out lies in the public

- FAAN urges politicians, supporters to abide by safety rules at airports

The registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Ifeoma Abanihe, has dismissed claims by a former chairman of the board of the agency, Leonard Shilgba, that she mismanaged N49 million belonging to the examination body.

Abanihe described the claims by Shilgba as false, baseless and orchestrated to blackmail her and tarnish her reputation.

She told Premium Times in an interview that Shilgba made the claim due to his wrong calculations and that her accuser didn’t understand the book keeping.

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“It (missing N49million) does not exist. There is no N49million that is lost. He just said it because he didn’t have patience to wait to have meetings and inaugurate the committees. You know that was a special committee he put together. If he so much wanted to find out if something was wrong, he should have asked for explanation but the registrar was not asked to explain,” the registrar said.

“My own explanation to it is that there was no N49million lost or that needed to be saved. There was nothing like that. It was because of his wrong calculations and he didn’t understand (the book keeping). He didn’t also ask those that could explain to him. As you have heard now, he didn’t ask the DFA (director of finance) to explain. Neither did the committee ask the DFA to explain.

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“He wanted something sensational because it will be sensational to say the registrar should explain N49 million naira. Indeed, he was in a hurry that day because he had already packaged what he would use to hang himself not the registrar. It would be to his disservice even if someone comes to explain it.

“I don’t think he wanted it (the book keeping) to be explained to him. He wanted something to use as blackmail. He just wanted to put out lies in the public."

Meanwhile, as the 2019 general elections approach, politicians in Nigeria have been cautioned by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) against violating safety and security rules at the airports.

The Cable reports that the warning comes after some political supporters of Senator Aliyu Wamakko broke through security barriers and invaded the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport in Sokoto on Friday, August 3 to welcome him home. Wamako, who is an ex-governor of Sokoto state and the lawmaker representing Sokoto North in the upper chamber, was welcomed by a mammoth crowd on his homecoming.

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