[Niger]–The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced six billion Naira to three different bank account linked to Kantigi Liman, a 2015 governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger state.
The commission, though has not made any arrest may declare Liman, who is suspected to be on the run, wanted.
Two weeks ago, the EFCC traced N4 billion to two accounts in GTBank, both linked to Liman. The first account belongs to Sadiq Air Travel Agency Limited and the second to Kantigi.
Earlier on Friday, the commission said another N2 billion was traced to Liman as traced another N2 billion to the United Bank for Africa (UBA) account of Kantigi Liman bringing the total money uncovered to six billion Naira.
However, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has since claimed that the N6 billion discovered by the commission belongs to the state government.
The governor made this known to newsmen after joining President Muhammadu Buhari and hundreds of other Muslim faithful to perform the Juma’at prayer, at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja, yesterday.
According to the governor, the funds are believed to have been siphoned by the suspects through inflated Hajj subsidies offered by the state government to Pilgrims within the periods he served as the Chairman of the Niger State Pilgrims’ Agency.
“I’m aware that the EFCC is investigating the ecological funds. At the inception of this administration we realised that the ecological funds disappeared,” Bello said.
“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,” He added.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg