EFCC: Kebbi Accountant General Stole N1.3bn

November 19, 2013 8:35 AM

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has provided details of how the accountant-general of Kebbi State, Mohammed Arzika Dakingari, allegedly siphoned N1.3billion from the state government’s coffers.

Dakingari, who is currently undergoing investigation in EFCC detention facility in Abuja, allegedly used a company that is wholly owned by him, Beal Construction Nigeria Limited, to award various contracts to himself.

Dakingari’s stake in Beal Construction is contrary to civil service regulation which forbids serving officers from owning businesses.

Investigators from the anti-graft agency stumbled on evidence that showed Dakingari owns Beal Construction, which he runs with his sons and brothers as co-directors.

Further findings at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) showed that Mohammed Bashir Mohammed, Anwal Sadat and Nasir Mohammed, all sons of the accountant-general, are directors of the company while two of his brothers, Abduallahi Mohammed and Habibu Mohammed are the other two directors.

Reports obtained from foremost online news agency, Sahara reporters revealed that the construction company operates two accounts at EcoBank and Unity Bank with Dakingari and Yusuf Musa, managing director of the construction company as signatories to the accounts.

However, Dakingari was discovered to operate with two signatures, one in his official capacity as accountant general of the state and the other as owner of Beal Construction Company Limited.

Analysis of the accounts revealed a total credit of N1.3 billion between May 2012 and September 2013, with most of the receipts coming from the Office of the Accountant General and the Kebbi State Ministry of Finance.

Some of the contracts executed for the state for which Beal Construction Company received huge payments include the supply of furniture to 66 secondary schools in Kebbi State valued at N987, 000 million; the connection of water and drainage system at Kebbi Central Mosque valued at N110 million and the building and partitioning of Mohammed Maira Secondary School valued at N247 million.

Sources at EFCC revealed that Dakingari and his accomplices would be arraigned in court as soon as the anti-graft agency concludes its ongoing investigation.

Source: dailytimes.com.ng

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