Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Friday said that the ₦6 billion discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the accounts of a former public official were stolen from Niger State Government account.
According to Premium Times, the governor also provided some details of how the money was allegedly stolen.
Bello 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.
According to reports, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is considering declaring a former Commissioner of Local Government in Niger State, Kantigi Liman, wanted after a further ₦2 billion was traced to his United Bank for Africa account by the agency.
Citing an EFCC insider, Premium Times reports that the discovery brings to ₦6 billion funds traced to accounts held by the politician and companies linked to him.
The commission had weeks earlier traced ₦4 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 Liman himself.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman, said the money was discovered following a tip-off by a whistle-blower.
According to 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 ₦6 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.