The Senate Public Accounts Committee has commenced investigation into the alleged sale of two Prado jeeps worth ₦31m at ₦1.5m by officials of the Lake Chad Research Institute, in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Committee discovered the ridiculous transaction while scrutinising the 2015-2018 Auditor General’s report currently being treated by both chambers of the National Assembly.
The Prado jeeps, according to the AuGF report, were procured in 2013 and 2014 respectively but were sold three years after they were procured.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide, at the resumed sitting of the panel today, expressed shock when the current Executive Director of the institute, Dr Alhassan Bibinu, told the Committee that he was using a refurbished Hilux as official vehicle.
The AuGF had issued a query based on the inability of the management of the institute to provide reasons for the ridiculous sale of the jeeps.