March 31, 2023

The Governor of Katsina is now under the watch list as a resident of Katsina named Muhammad Mahdi Shehu, had asked for the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the State Governor Aminu Bello Masari, over the misappropriation of ₦52bn spent monies on security vote in the state from June 2015 to April 29, 2020 in Katsina.

In a petition by Muhammad Mahdi Shehu addressed to the Economic Financial Crimes Communication (EFCC) stated, “This petition and the annextures are intended to draw the attention of your commission to the security expenditure of Katsina State from June 2015 to 29th April, 2020 for your expertise perusal and deep enquiry in order to ascertain the genuine nature of the spending. This is more so because it a standard global practice for appropriated monies to be accounted for because collective ownership hangs on them.

“The repetitive nature of most of the transactions as recorded, the gleaming duplications, inconsistencies, contradictions and repeatedly difficult to understand reasoning particularly the senseless geometrical laughable spending increases on 10 no mobile policemen at Lamba Rimi Windmill Project and so many other expenses that don’t add up, calls or serious questions and cast reasonable doubt on the transparency with which the security vote is being managed. 

“Let me also draw your kind attention that by Friday, the 4th of July, 2020, all expenditure related accounting books and documents have been moved to the Government House. It will therefore not be a surprise if attempts will not be made to tamper with them. 

“June 2015 to December 2015 – N809,098,210, 2016 – N3,629,189,460, 2017 – N7,880,836,508, 2018 – N24,137,364,725, 2019 – N12,735,698,345, 2020 – N3,494,682,000.”

Anti-graft Agency is yet to act on the petition.

Priscilla Irems

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