The Niger State Government led by Governor Abubakar Bello has asked former Governor Babangida Aliyu to refund N2.9bn, which the state government alleged was embezzled under his administration.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Dr. Ibrahim Dooba, it indicated that the money was taken as loan on the eve of Aliyu’s departure from state house.
The government said, “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 N600m. 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 government added that the present administration had prioritised the needs of the people, noting that such funds, when recovered would be expended on projects.
It added, ”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.”
It stated that although the new administration of was not on a witch-hunt, but noted that “the misappropriated money” belonged to the people.
Governor Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress took over from former Governor Aliyu Babangida of the Peoples Democratic Party on the 29th May, 2015.