Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission has traced N100million local government funds to a former Accountant General of Kano State, Aisha Bello.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the money was allegedly siphoned through Grassroots Micro Finance Bank account, domiciled at Stanbic IBTC, Murtala Muhammad Way, Kano branch.
Sources at the commission who preferred not to be named said the money was withdrawn from the state joint local government account in contravention of Section 120 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) by the immediate past accountant general.
The investigators said Mrs Bello had allegedly connived with the managing director of the bank, Farida M Tahir, to deposit the money on December 29, 2016 under the pretext of fixed deposit
“The commission in the first place requested the money to be returned back to the account of origin (state joint local government account) since both the bank manager and the former accountant general as well as the former director treasury who signed the withdrawal instrument alongside all claimed the money was indeed a fixed deposit which the bank failed to defreeze as requested in Jan 2017,” an inside source told DAILY NIGERIAN.
“Under normal circumstances a depositor can claim his deposit anytime but the bank manger instead went to the court to stop the investigation of the commission.
“It is only the specific government agencies that can invest government interest and the accountant general of whose responsibility is keeping government accounts and records thereof.
“The commission maintained that the claim of the bank manager that the transaction between her and the accountant general is purely civil and the funds are for investment purposes has exposed the criminality behind the deal which the commission vows to investigate and deal with accordingly.
“The action of the bank in accepting the funds in the first place while it is clearly prohibited under the CBN rules on micro finance, contravenes the provision of Section 2 of the Money Laundering Provision ActThe action of the former accountant general also violates the provisions of Section 26 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission law 2008 (as amended).”
DAILY NIGERIAN learnt that the commission is hamstrung in the probe as Mrs Bello smartly obtained experte order against the commission.
“The order against our statutory functions adversely affects the quality of evidence the commission may provide during the prosecution
“The commission will do everything possible to recover the funds. We have applied for a fiat from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to effectively prosecute the case in accordance with relevant laws,” the source added Filling Mrs Bello’s sudden resignation on February 22, the state government said the former accountant general had case to answer at the state anti-graft agency.
“Thorough investigation of the management of state finances including contracts payment, salary payments and alleged salary deductions among others, by the state Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission will continue while the state government takes appropriate necessary measures on the management of the offices of the Accountant General and Sub-Treasurer pending the final conclusion of the investigations,” said a statement issued February 22 by the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba.
When contacted, Mrs Bello neither answered several calls through her mobile number nor responded to a text message, seeking her response to the allegations.