₦14 billion disappears from Buhari’s home state account

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Katsina State, home of President Buhari, is currently embroiled in an unexplainable disappearance of funds allocated to the Road Management Agency.

Governor Bello Massari had set up a Commission of Inquiry tasked with looking into the handling of State funds by the immediate past government.

The commission had summoned the ADC to former Governor Shehu Shema, DSP Shehu Mohammed Kokoh.

DSP Kokoh testified before the commission on Tuesday, denying all allegations levelled against him.

He told the commission that he did not appear before the commission earlier on because he was awaiting a directive from the Inspector General of Police office to do so.

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He said, “As a civil servant and a senior officer, I am supposed to go by the rules governing us.

“The directive must come from my Inspector General before I could appear before you.

“My delay in appearing is not borne out of disrespect for the commission, sir.”

The former ADC denied allegation of collecting N608m from the former ALGON officials in the state.

He asked the Special Adviser to Governor Masari on Budget and Finance, Faruoq Lawan, to prove the allegations with supporting documents.

Lawan had alleged that N11.1bn was either diverted, missing or pilfered from the coffers of the ministry and that of the state ALGON.

A second case that drew the ire of the commission was from the director of Katsina State Road Management Agency, Abdul Azeez Mohammed.

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The agency had revealed that the sum of over N14 billion was missing.

The managing director, Abdul Azeez Mohammed, made the revelation to the Commission of Inquiry probing former Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema.

The Commission’s lead counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN) had sought for the postponement of full hearing on Abdul’s memo till 26/10/16.

The request was not objected to by other counsel and which the chairman, Justice Muhammed Sirajo, consented to.

The commission had however risen for a short break by press time.