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The Senate Ad hoc Committee on Humanitarian Crisis in the North-east has uncovered monumental fraud in the presidency.

The committee said a fraud of up to N2.5billion was perpetrated by the Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE).

PINE was created by President Buhari for the reconstructing and rehabilitation of North-east.

The alleged fraud came at a time when women in IDPs go through a huge discomfort while searching for sanitary pads.

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The alleged fraud was discovered at a public hearing organized by the committee in the National Assembly.

The fraud bothered on the execution of non-existing contracts, overinflated contracts and outright misappropriation of funds.

At the hearing, PINE couldn’t account for N2.5 billion it received for execution of intervention projects in the region.

The Secretary of PINE, Umar Musa Gulani, claimed that the agency spent N203million to clear taipa grass in Yobe State.

He also claimed the agency spent another N253 million to clear grass along river beds and N422.5 million to provide temporary shelter

Yobe State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Mohammed Lamin, said Gulani’s claim was a falsity.

“No taipa grass was cleared in the state by any federal government agency.”

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Even the claim by PINE on multi-millions claimed for the rebuilding of schools was denied by Yobe State Government.

According to the commissioner, only three schools have been renovated in the state by agencies outside the state.

The committee then directed PINE to forward all documents including photographs of claimed executed contracts.

A member of the committee, Senator Theodore Orji said: “The affected states said they were not aware of all the contracts executed by PINE.

“You people just decided to make money and that is why you decided to donate N50million for a conference organized by an NGO”