Former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu has been asked to refund the N2.9 billion he took from the government treasury on the eve of his departure.
According to a statement by Dr. Ibrahim Dooba, chief press secretary to the present governor, the said money was taken as loan on the eve of Aliyu’s departure, noting that in as much as the present governor, Abubakar Bello is not preparing to witch-hunt any past leader, the fund must be accounted for.
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“They took this loan on the eve of their departure. And as was customary with that administration, they did nothing with the money.
“You can’t collect a loan on behalf of the people and share it among yourselves. That’s literally what they did. They simply raised a list and allocated money to those on the list.
“The office of the SSG for example, was given N600 million. The records did not say what he would do with the money. Well, we want our money back. The money belongs to the people,” the statement read.
PM News reports that the present administration, through the statement, also noted that it had prioritised the needs of the people ahead of other needs and explained that the recovered loots would be used for projects within the state.
It stressed further that: "Our people need food, shelter, security, roads, water and so forth. For example, the governor wants to start with the provision of potable water and in the coming weeks, we’ll provide water at predictable intervals to Nigerlites.
“On the problem of electricity, we have started an arrangement to rent a power plant from overseas to provide regular electricity before a permanent solution is found.
“Also, Minna-Kataeregi road, Kontagora-Tegina, Minna-Suleja, Bakeko-Katcha, Kaffin-koro, Kuta-Sabon Gari and Maitumbi-Maikunkele roads among others, are receiving urgent attention".