Over N14bn missing from Katsina agency’s account October 4, 2016
The Managing Director of Katsina State Road Management Agency, Abdul Azeez Mohammed, on Tuesday revealed that when he assumed duty last year, he discovered that a sum of N14.2bn belonging to the agency had either been pilfered, stolen or missing.
He told the Katsina Commission of Inquiry probing the immediate past administration of former Governor Ibrahim Sheu Shema at its resumption of sitting, that he had necessary details to substantiate his claim.
Hearing on the memo detailing past government officials allegedly involved in the missing fund, and the details of how the money was allegedly withdrawn have however been adjourned till October 26, 2016 at the instance of the Commission of Inquiry.
The Commission’s lead counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN) had sought for the adjournment of full hearing on Mohammed’s memo till 26/10/16, the request not objected to by other counsel and which the chairman, Justice Muhammed Sirajo, consented to.
In another development, the police ADC to former Governor Sheu Shema, DSP Sheu Mohammed Kokoh, testified before the commission on Tuesday, denying all the allegations levelled against him.
He also told the commission that he did not appear before the commission on time because he was awaiting a directive from the Inspector General of Police office to do so.
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, who made the allegation in the memo presented before the commission on the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, to show document that he did collect the money.
Lawan had alleged that N11.1bn was either diverted , missing or pilfered from the coffers of the ministry and that of the state ALGON.
The commission had however risen for a short break by press time while the cross examination involving the former ADC was expected to commence upon resumption later in the day.Credits://punchng.com