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Exclusive: N25billion Fraud Jigawa Fraud Allegation

EFCC operatives make headway Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have opened extensive investigations into several petitions the commission received by top civil servants of the Jigawa State Government alleging massive fraud running close to 25billion.

Sources at the EFCC told Scan-News exclusively on Wednesday that the operatives who have been on ground in Dutse since last week have made headway and have established prima-facie cases against two key commissioners of the Sule Lamido administration.

It was gathered that the two commissioners were quizzed early this week and they may be formally arrested by next week and moved to Abuja for further interrogation.

 

The sources at the EFCC said that the current investigations are part of an earlier investigation conducted in 2010. Scan News learnt that the operatives took files and financial transactions of the Ministry of Local Government Affairs and that of Finance.

Also recovered in the course of the investigations were key bank statements used to wire money into certain accounts believed to be linked to the said officials.

It was learnt that the N25billion alleged fraud investigations may be linked to the already established criminal investigations of two sons of the embattled Jigawa State Governor.

For Sule Lamido, his immunity protects him from prosecution, but EFCC officials said that they have built up vital evidence to prosecute him after May 29,2015.

Scan News learnt that the crack-down on Lamido’s government may not be unconnected with recent attacks he launched on the Presidency.

The crack-down was easy to execute due to several petitions against the administration by displaced top civil servants and disgruntled top government officials alleging series of fraudulent activities against the embattled governor. All the EFCC operatives had to do was to confirm account details and transfers contained in the petitions.

With the influx of operatives of EFCC, some aggrieved top civil servants believed to have been estranged by the embattled governor have cooperated fully, secretly supplying all required information.

Attempts by our correspondent to get official reaction of the Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido to this on-going investigation yielded no results.

However, the embattled governor has repeatedly maintained that he is prepared to go to jail in his fight against President Jonathan. He said no amount of investigations by EFCC will stop him from pursuing his political agenda.

Lamido’s sons are presently facing EFCC investigation and possible prosecution for alleged money laundering running into N10billion.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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