A Bauchi anti-Corruption group, the Bauchi Coalition Against Financial Crimes and Injustice, (BACAFCI) has raised alarm on how the Governor is missapropriating funds belonging to the State.

In a statement issued by Yakubu Alhaji Jibrin, the Secretary General of the group he said; “I weep for Bauchi State and its citizens. Actually, our dear state is seriously in trouble. Bauchi state people voted for APC with good intention, and also with the hope that the reflects of Buhari administration at the federal level will be imitated in Bauchi. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case.

Furthermore said; “Bauchi state received N12.7 billion. Those monies were released head on, without any hitch, but the government of M.A Abubakr, authorized and directed the payment of One billion, Six hundred and Forty million, Six hundred and fifty Nine thousand, Two hundred and Nine Naira, Seventy Nine Kobo. (N1, 640, 659, 209: 79K), into Zenith Bank Account Number 1012899394 of one (MAURTIZ WALTON as consultations fees for Paris Club funds on 21st- 12- 2016. The actual money deducted for the consultancy services was N1.9 billion, but N300 million was removed as tax. That’s another mishap.”

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I weep for Bauchi State and its citizens. Actually, our dear state is seriously in trouble. Bauchi state people voted for APC with good intention, and also with the hope that the reflects of Buhari administration at the federal level will be imitated in Bauchi. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case. Beside the controversial UBA loan of 4 billion naira, which the government of M.A Abubakr took without authorization, and the N8.6 billion which was a mirage, according to the Governor.

It has happened again. Bauchi state is indeed in trouble. President Buhari once again, sympathized with states that cannot pay its workers’ salaries, pensions and gratuities. When the Paris Club funds were returned, he directed the immediate release of the funds to the states, according to the deductions earlier made.

Bauchi state received N12.7 billion. Those monies were released head on, without any hitch, but the government of M.A Abubakr, authorized and directed the payment of One billion, Six hundred and Forty million, Six hundred and fifty Nine thousand, Two hundred and Nine Naira, Seventy Nine Kobo. (N1, 640, 659, 209: 79K), into Zenith Bank Account Number 1012899394 of one (MAURTIZ WALTON as consultations fees for Paris Club funds on 21st- 12- 2016. The actual money deducted for the consultancy services was N1.9 billion, but N300 million was removed as tax. That’s another mishap.

The N1.6 billion was transferred from FCMB to Zenith Bank, with cheque number 16181311 and Ministry of Finance Bauchi detailed cheque number 0994900017. The money was transferred from Jos Road branch of the Bank in Bauchi. Through sort code number 057080361. This is outright fraud and open corruption. How can someone pay N1.6 billion consultancy services for N12.7 billion? No state was expecting this money, but out of goodwill and gesture of the President released the funds to them.

By the way, who is this person that was paid this money? His name (MAURTIZ WALTON), doesn’t sound Bauchi state. And of what benefit is this person to the people of Bauchi state? This is fraudulent transaction that is equivalent to terrorism.

Yakubu Alhaji Jibrin, Secretary General of Bauchi Coalition Against Financial Crimes and Injustice. (BACAFCI).

Credit: Universal Reporters