Government & Politics

Masari Vows To Recover N70bn From Past Administration

Katsina State government has augurated a commission of inquiry to  recover N70 billion, allegedly stolen under the administration of former Governor Shehu Shema.

The commission was saddled with the responsibility to “investigate and determine the actual extent of loss suffered by government through the acts or commission of public officers in the state from 2012 to May 2015”.

Inaugurating the commission yesterday, Governor Aminu  Masari said his administration has discovered that a whooping sum of N70 billion was taken from the state treasury with no evidence of its utility by the immediate past administration.  “The monies were taken cash and were not traced so we are asking the whereabouts” Masari said adding that “90 per cent of the money were taken cash”. Masari said his administration was not investigating ex-Governor Shema based on contracts awarded “but based on monies taken from the treasury that were not used” insisting that there was no plan to ridicule or witch-hunt anyone.  He urged the commission members to ensure justice and fairness and expressed optimism that having built reputations for themselves, they won’t indulge in acts that could compromise their names.

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The commission of inquiry is to be chaired by Hon Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Siraj with Usman Musa as secretary.    Other members included Dr Rabe Nasir, Bashir Abubakar Yusuf, Hajia Indo Mohammed, Alhaji Isa Katsina and Abdulsamad Zangon Daura.    In a terse remarks on behalf of the members, the chairman, Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Siraj assured that the commission would be fair and just.

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