Governor Yahaya Bello says government officials siphoned COVID-19 funds

Governor Yahaya Bello says government officials siphoned COVID-19 funds

- Governor Yahaya Bello has accused some Nigerians of diverting COVID-19 funds

- The Kogi state governor said the people who diverted the funds include government and non-government officials

- Bello faulted the manner in which Nigeria handled the COVID-19 crisis

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The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has alleged that billions of naira meant to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic was siphoned by a few individuals.

According to Daily Trust, Bello made the accusation in an interview with Channels TV.

Governor Yahaya Bello says government officials siphoned COVID-19 funds
Governor Bello says Nigerians were misled over the COVID-19 crisis. Photo credits: The office of Kogi state governor
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The governor claimed the individuals who siphoned COVID-19 funds include Nigerians in government, those outside the government, some in business empires, and very few middlemen.

Bello recalled that he raised concerns over the way Nigeria was managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

He insisted that Nigerians were ill-advised and misdirected over the disease.

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The governor said he was not taken seriously when he warned that the COVID-19 pandemic has an economic and political undertone.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported 119 new cases of coronavirus infections in the country.

This brings the total number of infections in Nigeria to 62,111. The agency which made this known via its verified Twitter handle said Nigeria also recorded two COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

In another report, as Nigerians continue to wonder if they have been shortchanged by their governors over the COVID-19 palliatives in warehouses, the federal government has cleared the air on the role it played on the issue.

According to the government, it handed over COVID-19 palliatives from the nation’s reserve and other sources to the state governments for onward distribution to the citizens.

This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation, who also serves as the chairman of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

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