Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari, has set up a judicial commission of enquiry to look into alleged embezzlement of more than N70 billion by the immediate past administration of Ibrahim Shema.
Speaking during the inauguration yesterday, Governor Masari said the inquiry period covers last three years.
It would be recalled that Shema was governor of the state during the period under review.
Masari said from handover documents received by current government, it was discovered that there were differences in figures in the money said to have been spent over the years.
He said the issue had led the current state government to investigate the matter and discovered that more than N70.3 billion was embezzled in the last three years.
He explained that 90 percent of the embezzled money was discovered to have been withdrawn in cash from government accounts.
The governor however said the past state government had denied such missing money under its watch.
Masari said there were efforts to meet and discuss the issue with the past government, but that this didn’t yield any result.
He said the state had received about N1 trillion from 2007 to 2015, and wondered why there were no commensurate socio-economic changes to justify the amount.
He said the inquiry would limit itself to the missing money, and would not go into areas like inflated contracts.
The governor said the inquiry was aimed at putting brakes on the system, as future government would also inquire into what the present one had done.
He said the inquiry would not have been inaugurated if the missing amount was insignificant.
The governor said the commission would sit for three months, with possible extension of time if necessary.
The 11-member commission of inquiry is headed by Muhammadu Ibrahim Suraj, a High Court Judge, Usman Musa as secretary, while Liman, Liman & Co. as commission’s council.

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