Former Governor Aliyu Asked to Refund Embezzled N2.9b
The former Niger State Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has been asked by the Niger state government to refund N2.9bn, which the state government alleged he embezzled days before he ended his tenure. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Dr. Ibrahim Dooba, indicated that the money was taken as loan on the eve of Aliyu’s departure.
The statement stated that although the new administration of Governor Abubakar Bello was not witch-hunting anyone but noted that “the misappropriated money” belonged to the people of the state and not anyone’s personal fund.
“They took this loan on the eve of their departure. And as was customary with that administration, they did nothing with the money. You can’t collect a loan on behalf of the people and share it among yourselves. That’s literally what they did. They simply raised a list and allocated money to those on the list.
”The office of the SSG, for example, was given N600m. The records did not say what he would do with the money. Well, we want our money back. The money belongs to the people.”
In addition, the government stated that the present administration is bothered and concerned by the need of the State and noted that looted funds would be needed to expend on projects.
It added: ”Our people need food, shelter, security, roads, water and so forth. For example, the governor wants to start with the provision of potable water and in the coming weeks, we’ll provide water at predictable intervals to Nigerlites.
“On the problem of electricity, we have started an arrangement to rent a power plant from overseas to provide regular electricity before a permanent solution is found.
“Also, Minna-Kataeregi road, Kontagora-Tegina, Minna-Suleja, Bakeko-Katcha, Kaffin-koro, Kuta-Sabon Gari and Maitumbi-Maikunkele roads among others, are receiving urgent attention.”
The statement concluded by urging the former governor Aliyu to refund the allegedly embezzled funds so the government can work with the money.
This is a vindication of Fejiro Oliver, an investigative journalist who was abducted by the government of Niger State in 2014 for exposing the rots in the State and the corrupt governance style of Governor Aliyu. On 8 and 10 April 2015, Xclusive Magazine published his explosive accounts of why the Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu kidnapped and imprisoned him for 14 days and Fejiro Oliver: My Kidnap and 14 Days in Gov Aliyu’s Gulag Prison (Final Part).
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