The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 reported that the four directors of the National Theatre, where arrested for embezzlement of funds meant for the Theatre.
The funds embezzled includes N24 million and N9 million which was the government revenue annual rent paid by the Nigerian Breweries for 20 branded kiosks for use of National Theatre during the “Lagos @ 50” . It was gathered that the arrest was due to the failure directors to remit the funds in their position.
The directors where forcefully taken from their work premises after they refused an invitation from EFCC to the office of the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre, Tar Ukoh. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Grace Gekpe tried to intervene, but that did not stop the EFCC operatives from carrying out their duty.
Ukah addressing an Anti-Corruption Rally earlier in the premises said; “Culture must kill corruption before corruption kills culture,” Ukoh said.
Also Henry Udubuisi, the Vice President, National Theater Chapter of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services, AUPCTRE, in response to the incident said the union was behind the management’s decision to rid the Agency of corruption.