EFCC Arrests 4 Directors of National Theatre, Lagos for Embezzlement

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested four Directors of the National Theatre in Lagos for alleged embezzlement of government funds.
The four Directors, including a woman, were picked up at their Iganmu office for allegedly diverting various sums of revenue and statutory allocation into private use.
The Directors allegedly failed to remit revenues realised from the use of facilities at the National Theatre into the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA).
According to sources, among government revenue allegedly embezzled were N24m annual rent paid by Nigerian Breweries for its 20 branded kiosks and N9m paid for the use of the Theatre during the “Lagos @ 50” celebrations.
The affected Directors were whisked out of the promises after they refused to honour EFCC invitation for questioning in the office of the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre, Tar Ukoh.
Addressing an anti-corruption rally earlier in the premises, Ukoh vowed to stamp out graft in the agency.
“Culture must kill corruption before corruption kills culture, ” said Ukoh who also oversees the National Troupe of Nigeria.
However, the EFCC spokesman in Lagos, Sam Amadin, said he has not been briefed on the arrest when contacted for comments.

Author: News Editor

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