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N18bn allegation: I’ve never had N1bn in my life - Wamakko

N18bn allegation: I’ve never had N1bn in my life - Wamakko

- Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko said he has never owned N1 billion in his life

- Senator Wamakko declared that he has never stolen any money

- He made this statement to dismiss allegations that the EFCC traced N1.5 billion to his personal account

The senator representing Sokoto north senatorial district, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, described the recent allegation that he and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso misappropriated N18 billion while they were governors as maliciously fictitious.

Leadership reports that Wamakko who was Sokoto state governor between 2007 and 2015 said he has never owned N1 billion in his life, let alone N1.5 billion he was accused of stealing.

Speaking to journalists in Sokoto regarding the allegation, Wamakko said, “I have never had N1billion in my life. I am not a rich man. I don’t keep money.’’

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He said the petition was not from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) but from some merchants of falsehood.

According to him, “It was part of the ceaseless but abortive evil machinations of a failed politician who thinks that Wamakko should never breathe and live.

''The frail, failed, ungodly politician and his unpatriotic mercenaries want to bring Wamakko down. It is the Almighty Allah that made Wamakko what he is now and He is the only one who can bring him down,’’ he charged, asserting, “I have never stolen any money.”

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He said he had served the Sokoto State meritoriously, honestly, diligently and transparently.

He challenged the authors of the allegations to publish the details of such financial transactions in the newspapers, to corroborate their claims.

The EFCC, he said: ''Is a reputable agency that has officials with respect and decorum, who will never use uncourteous and unethical language like the one used in the publication.”

On his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, Wamakko said, ''We meet regularly to discuss vital national issues and there has never been a time when my request to see him was turned down.''

Meanwhile, had reported that a section of the house of the Senator Aliyu Wamakko has collapsed.

The incident happened on Sunday, October 29, at the ‘Gawon Nama' collapse.

The special assistant on media and publicity to the Wamakko who was also a former governor of Sokoto state, Bashir Mani said the Senator described the incident as an act of God.

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