Jigawa N11billion debt: Lawmaker-elect wants Lamido probed

A House of Representatives member-elect from Jigawa State, Sani Zoro, has called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission to look into recent comment by the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, that he is leaving behind an N11billion debt to the state.

Mr. Zoro, a former national president of the National Union of Journalist, spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview in Kano, Monday.

“It is unacceptable for Governor Lamido, who has a series of EFCC cases with regards to how his sons looted the state treasury, to now tell us that he is leaving behind this huge amount,” Mr. Zoro said.
“The Commission should hasten the investigation of the governor, his sons and all his commissioners to get to the root of how the people’s money is being spent.

“Lamido should not belabour himself about the status of the Jigawa treasury because Allah in his mercy has now blessed the state with a governor, an accomplished accountant who will diligently follow how every kobo is being spent. Let him be rest assured that his books will be scrutinized methodically with the finest tooth-comb available.

“We however take solace in the fact that EFCC has not unfrozen the multibillion naira sleaze accounts traced to a top functionary and his children. I believe we can take refuge in the EFCC to address genuine liabilities that may be left behind by the regime.”


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  • amazing2012

    Let him be investigated. His son had a party to celebrating joining billionaires club and later both the two sons were arrested for money loundary in theist poorest state. Let them arrest him and his sons to account for the masses money !

  • Hah!

    Thank you very much Mr. Sani Zoro. Sule’s case with EFCC should be revisited if indeed the in coming APC Government is serious about corruption. A Billion Naira is not a small amount of money talk less of 11 Billion Naira Debt to for Jigawa state. The issue of opening a new page or drawing a line is not only a betrayal but disappointment to all sane Nigerian voter, who voted the APC. I hope Lai Mohammed is listening woo! Please bring all criminals to book.

  • Abubakar Gumel

    Well done my rep-elect, EFCC should invite him and investigate him… daga jigawa sai Kiri-kiri prison mr. lamido..

    • mustapha Shehu

      I am sure if the governorship was won by the fading PDP nobody would have heard about the 11b.

  • malama

    Does EFCC do anything? As far as I know they only find some market traders who owe each other money and prosecute one, to give the impression that they are doing their job. They were never able to jail even one politician, despite all the stealing. However, the interesting thing about this article is that a northern state had 11billion naira extra available for stealing. Northern leaders have complained that poverty of northern people is one of the reasons Boko Haram exists. But this shows how northern states become poor: they receive revenue allocation based on inflated census figures, and yet all that happens is the governor and the state legislators share the whole thing, and then turn around and tell their almajeri electorates they are poor because they are ‘neglected’ by the federal government.

  • Shimei

    It’s a big shame that a respected Governor Lamido could be associated with sleazy dealings. N11billion is a humongous figure to leave behind as debt.

    • Otile

      You are saying this because he is not of APC stock and not wanted in Imam’s administration. How about Rauf Judas Amaechi, have you asked him to refund a red kobo to our people?

  • Worried Mother

    The man sule Lamido has no fear of God. He must made to fear man. 11 billion is inacceptable he has to pay back every penny even if it is with his liberty and freedom. Shege kawai

    • Otile

      Now that he is no longer a governor where do you want to get fresh funds to pay you back?

      • Worried Mother

        From his stash!? That money did not disappear into thin air.

    • Otile

      Now that he is no longer a governor where do you want him to get fresh funds to pay you back?

  • Otile

    If the squandered money did not come from the environmentally polluted countries of SS and Biafra they would have prosecuted the looters including Governor Lamido. Meanwhile they are treating the looted funds as nobody’s assets. Verily verily I say unto you if the looted funds were put into good use all the countries in continent 9ja including the SS and Biafra would have been developed like Dubia, while hunger and poverty would have been things of the past.