Politics Niger Governor, Bello, Claims Ownership of N6bn Found By EFCC



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Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello on Friday disclosed that the N6 billion discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the account of a former public official were stolen from the Niger State Government account.

The governor disclosed this to State House reporters after observing the Juma'at prayer at the State House mosque with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bello said the money was believed to have been diverted by the suspect through inflated hajj subsidies offered by the state government to pilgrims when the suspect served as the Chairman of the Niger State Pilgrims' Agency.


The governor said: "I'm aware that the EFCC is investigating the ecological funds. At the inception of this administration, we realised that the ecological funds disappeared.

"I did not have any evidence that it was utilised to address any ecological issues and we are faced with major ecological problems especially in Mokwa, Agaie, Bida, part of Minna, Rafin Gora and Mariga.

"We are doing our best to address the ecological problems. We need funds and unfortunately the N2 billion that was given to the state was not judiciously used to address the ecological challenges.

"If it had been used properly maybe our burden might have been reduced by now, but we are having sleepless nights over ecological issues and we are still approaching the Federal Government to assist us."