How ex-commissioner stole N6 billion discovered by EFCC – Governor

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Friday said that the N6 billion discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the accounts of a former public official were stolen from Niger State Government account.

Mr. Bello also provided some details of how the money was allegedly stolen.

The governor made this known to journalists after joining President Muhammadu Buhari and hundreds of other Muslim faithful to perform the Juma’at prayer, at the Aso Rock Mosque.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is considering declaring a former Commissioner of Local Government in Niger State, Kantigi Liman, wanted after a further N2 billion was traced to his United Bank for Africa account by the agency.

An EFCC insider told PREMIUM TIMES the discovery brings to N6 billion funds traced to accounts held by the politician and companies linked to him.

The commission had weeks earlier traced N4 billion to two accounts in GTBank, both linked to Mr. Liman.

The first account belongs to Sadiq Air Travel Agency Limited and the second to Mr. Liman

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said the money was discovered following a tip-off by a whistle-blower.

According to Mr. Bello, the funds are believed to have been siphoned by the suspects through inflated hajj subsidies offered by the state government to pilgrims within the periods he (suspect) served as the Chairman of the Niger State Pilgrims’ Agency.

The governor, who commended the EFCC for its efforts in recovering stolen funds, expressed the hope that the recovered N6 billion would be transferred to the state’s accounts to enable his administration embark on developmental projects.

He also acknowledged the efforts of the EFCC towards the recovery of the misappropriated ecological funds by the previous administration in the state.

“I’m aware that the EFCC is investigating the ecological funds. At the inception of this administration we realised that the ecological funds disappeared.

“I did not have any evidence that it was utilised to address any ecological issues and we are faced with major ecological problems especially in Mokwa, Agaie, Bida, part of Minna, Rafin Gora and Mariga.

“We are doing our best to address the ecological problems. We need funds and unfortunately the N2 billion that was given to the state was not judiciously used to address the ecological challenges.

“If it had been used properly maybe our burden might have been reduced by now, but we are having sleepless nights over ecological issues and we are still approaching the Federal Government to assist us,” he added.

On the discovery of some deposit of Hydro-Carbon and other solid minerals in the state, the governor called for a speedy presidential intervention to hasten their exploration and exploitation.

Mr. Bello expressed delight over the state of the health of President Buhari, saying that: “I’m in the State House to check and we prayed together and he is doing very well.

“I’m happy that I saw him today.”


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  • Adide

    Did we really had a government in this country earlier than now? What a nation; what a people?

    • PolyGon2013

      We know about this thing now because have a government now.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Nigeria was worse than a Banana Republic. Shame on all of US!!!!!!!!!!

    • PolyGon2013

      Yes, Nigeria was worse than a banana republic. But now, we are no longer a banana republic, and this is why we are finding this money.

      • defash1

        The money is meant for 2019 election hence the reason why nobody know how much has been recovered. Magu do not know how much has been recovered, likewise Minister of Finance or CBN governor. Buhari will not be meeting Amaechi & Tinubu for funding again, the recovered loot is enough.

  • Tj

    Why not try localized distributed power generation .. . .that way, power consumption is at point of production.

  • share Idea

    Another propaganda from lying administration. Please can any Nigerian believe that a state subsidized pilgrims hajj to up to 6B naira talkless of someone making profit of such amount form allocated amount.

    • duwdu

      Say what you know, not what you want others to believe.

      ……..
      P34c3
      …..

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, the Niger State governor must been lying to save Magu from creek rats like you, the money belongs to Rivers State government and stolen by Amaechi.

  • Du Covenant

    Only a black mind can be be so wicked and callous to his/her people!. How much money does an individual need to for a lifespan?.

    • Dawood

      EFCC, please DON’T transfer this money back to the state, because this current governor is chomping at the bit to steal it.

  • Nkem

    “He expressed the hope that the recovered N6 billion would be transferred to the state’s accounts to enable his administration embark on developmental projects.” Liar! This governor looks to me like another thief.

    • Dazmillion

      They are all thieves, he wants to re-embezzle the money

  • ologs

    One person stole, another person describe exactly how the stealing took place, like an accomplice or a confession. The governor need to go further to let us know when he knew this and why he kept quiet until EFCC had to suffer alone to unravel the corruption.

  • Olatubosun

    Kudos to efcc team

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is the best

  • Olatubosun

    Our people are thieves………. We need to appreciate our president

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Nigeria and God bless buhari and his cabinets