Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The immediate-past Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Kogi State, Paul Ebije, has been ordered by the state government to account for about N69million, money allegedly meant for the rehabilitation of 11 tourist sites in the state.
It was gathered that the former commissioner had allegedly diverted the funds, a matter that has now become an issue that would have to be unravelled by men of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Kogi State Police Command.
Sources also hinted that all heads of departments of the ministry and the immediate past permanent secretary of the ministry have been invited for questioning over the missing funds and were seen at the Command Headquarters of the Nigerian Police.
The HoDs who are all gripped by fear following the invitation and arrest have, however, feigned ignorance as to the way the money developed wings.
Many of them claimed not to be in the knowledge of the amount allegedly diverted.
The administration of Governor Yahaya Bello has never hidden his disdain for corrupt officials, and has constantly dealt heavy blows on those found wanting.
The state Police Command confirmed the development through the Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya who said the matter was before the police criminal investigation department and that investigation into the matter was on to unravel those behind the missing funds.