How An Ex-Governor Was Stopped From Stealing N11.5bn Hours To Handover

In response to a Punch Metro, the Zonal Coordinator, Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee answerable for Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe states, Michael Wetkas,  has disclosed how the zone stopped a direct previous governor within the zone from embezzling N11.5bn 11 hours to handover.

He acknowledged this throughout a stroll to commemorate African Anti- Corruption Day in Gombe State, with the theme,  ‘Towards a common African position on asset recovery’.

Wetkas stated, “You already know in addition to I do know that one of many largest issues we have now in Nigeria is corruption. It has been the bane of our underdevelopment, reason for unemployment,  decay of our infrastructure and above all, nationwide insecurity.

“You will have your doubts however the details are there. Africa as a continent loses N50bn yearly. Nigeria as a rustic from independence to 2012, had misplaced over $400bn.

“To stop and fight corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari, consistent with his combat in opposition to corruption, began a marketing campaign since his first time period in workplace on repatriation of funds stolen from Nigeria. There’s a acutely aware effort by stakeholders to undertake a white paper. We wish to increase the consciousness and urge each citizen to be a part of the anti-corruption marketing campaign, While you see one thing, say one thing, it’s your obligation to say one thing. Regulation enforcement isn’t witchcraft.”

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Wetkas, who used the chance to ship diverted reduction supplies again to Internally Displaced Individuals’ camp in Gombe State, added, “You see these reduction supplies there, they’re the merchandise of somebody that noticed one thing and he selected to say one thing.

“As a zone, from January so far, we have now secured 55 convictions, over N90m price of recoveries, 11 interim forfeited property, two already forfeited to the Federal Authorities. For a few of us, which might be conscious of prison justice system, it’s not a mere feat. We obtained intelligence that one of many outgoing governors inside our zone, eleven hours to the top of his tenure, had perfected plans to spend N11.5bn.

“The intelligence was obtained within the night time; early within the morning, we acquired the account frozen and we’re but to unfreeze it, till we’re certain authorities funds are secure. “It’s not our duty to cease authorities from spending however as soon as there may be such data, we guarantee it doesn’t occur.

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“As a zone, we are going to prefer to warn that the Anchor Borrower scheme has turn into a conduit of corruption, employment rip-off, counterfeiting of foreign money, land racketeering; it has turn into technique of extorting cash from harmless farmers.”

 Additionally, a lecturer within the Division of Economics, Federal College of Kashere, Dr Anas Kubalu, referred to as for a particular court docket to attempt corruption circumstances.

He stated, “The anti-corruption campaign is a joint one, but for it to be most effective, I will suggest a special court that will try corruption cases.”

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Updated: July 12, 2019 — 9:50 am