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Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello Allegedly Spent N1b To Buy Vehicles

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The Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, has been accused of spending N1b to purchase vehicles for himself and other political appointees.

A group under the aegis of Audu-Faleke Political Organisationmade this revelation to newsmen.

You will recall that workers in the state were on strike due to non-payment of their salaries, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) also approved the payment of N20 billion as bailout for the Kogi state government to pay salaries.

The organisation’s Media Director, Duro Meseko, said the government’s action shows they are insensitive to the plights of Kogi people.

Sahara Reporters reports that Meseko, on behalf of the group, issued a statement saying “We find it hard to believe that despite repeated admonitions by well meaning groups and individuals, the Yahaya Bello administration still went ahead on an unimaginable flight of fancy by purchasing expensive vehicles for use by some aides of the governor and the governor himself.

“Credible information reaching us indicates that Ford SUVs (jeeps) worth N18 million each and Ford Ranger Trucks (pickup van) worth N6 million each were purchased for the 21 Local Government Caretaker Chairmen in the State, totaling N504 million.

“This is in addition to the 70 Ford Ranger Trucks purportedly purchased for the Police totaling N420 million and, of course, different from the N135 million bullet- proof Range Rover ordered for the governor and being shipped home presently.”

The Audu-Faleke Political Organisation also called on elders in the state to call Governor Bello to order.

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The group added that the Governor is misusing the resources of the state, while its account is bleeding.

Governor Yahaya Bello recently reconciled the two factions of the Kogi state House of Assembly who had been at loggerheads for over eight months.

Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) accused the Kogi Governor of anti-party activities.

Their complain was that  most of his appointees are from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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