Sani-Bello tasks EFCC over missing $181m IDB loan for Minna-Bida road
From Isa Dangana, Minna
Governor Sani Bello of Niger State has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the alleged disappearance of $181 loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) for the Minna-Bida Road.
Former Governor Mu’azu Babaginda Aliyu had said he sought the loan from the Islamic Development Bank, but pointed out that the money was not paid into the state’s bank account until after he left office.
Ex-Governor Aliyu made the allegation during the flag-off of campaign ahead of the forthcoming local government election.
“I went to Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to seek an interest-free loan to dualise the Minna-Bida Road. But by the time the money came in 2015, I had left office,” Aliyu said.
He alleged that the APC government has not utilised the loan for the purpose it was intended, which had resulted in the collapse of the road and causing hardship for travellers.
However, speaking during the presentation of the flags to All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship candidates for the forthcoming local government election, Gov Bello said his predecessor should be made to produce the said money.
“They said they took $181million from the IDB and it’s in the bank. We didn’t see the said money.
“Since they seem to know the whereabouts of the fund, I want them to come out and tell us where the money is. They should tell us which account and bank the supposed money was paid into,” he said.
Bello averred that the EFCC should take interest in the matter by sending an investigation team to probe the allegation.
“If the money was paid into an account and it disappeared then the onus is on the EFCC to investigate the disappearance of the said fund.
“In fact, we as a government are requesting the anti-graft body to come and investigate the whereabouts of the money,” he noted.
Governor Bello also tackled his predecessor for the alleged scam that trailed the abandoned stadium project located in Maikunkele area of Minna, questioning the whereabouts of N1.4billion set aside for its construction.
He also queried the “dubious deal” that halted the progress of work on the Minna 5-Star Hotel project initiated by the immediate past administration and its eventual abandonment.
He equally asked his predecessor to explain the alleged disappearance of N6billion pension fund under his watch and many other malpractices.
According to him, his administration abhors deceit, saying, “We don’t lie and we don’t cheat. We promised to better the lots of our people and we are doing that steadily despite the paucity of fund,” while challenging his predecessor to point at his achievement despite the huge funds he got while his tenure lasted.