- Some APC officials in Bauchi have been accused of defrauding the state under the pretence of carrying out a road construction
- Governor Bala Mohammed made the allegation, saying those who carried out the act would be made to face the law
- According to the governor, his government has already escalated the issue and brought it to the attention of anti-corruption agencies
The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has accused some elected and appointed public officers who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of fraud.
The governor said the APC officials approved N1.4billion contract for the construction of a major road in the state but no work was done on the project.
He, however, stated that the state government had already petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission on the matter.
Governor Mohammed made the comment during his speech at the inauguration of the 24.5 kilometres Itas -Gadau road construction project on Thursday, April 8.
The road was inaugurated by the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde at Itas Gadau local government area of Bauchi state.
The Punch quoted the governor as saying:
“We are calling on the EFCC and ICPC to make sure that they investigate what we have forwarded to them on Soro-Miya road because over N1.4bn has been collected.”
Meanwhile, Daily Nigerian reports that Abdu Katagum, a former deputy governor of Bauchi, has expressed optimism that the APC will take over the state in the 2023 general elections.
Katagum said APC was the strongest party in the state with a large number of followers, in spite of the fact that it was not in control of the government.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that former President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the 6.25Km Sabon Kaura-Jos bypass road constructed by the Bauchi state government on Tuesday, April 6.
At the event, the former president commended Governor Mohammed for standing by him after he left office, saying some of his trusted aides abandoned him after he left power in 2015.
In a related development, the Katsina government has commenced the construction of the over N900 million Jibia-Jibiyar Maje-Tashar Aibo road which will connect the northwest state to Maradi in the Niger Republic.
Katsina governor, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari had earlier promised to undertake the 3km road on behalf of the state government.