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N5bn scam: Why we arrested ex-Gov. Babangida Aliyu-EFCC

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…Paschal Okeke 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has explained why it arrested former governor of Niger State,  Babangida Aliyu, over N5 billion alleged fraud perpetuated under his administration.

The Head of Media and Public Relations of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, on Wednesday said that Aliyu was invited for interrogation over the N5 billion scam allegation.

“We invited former Governor Aliyu Babangida to our office on Tuesday and he has been in our custody since then. He was invited following an investigation into a scam involving about N5billion,” Uwujaren said.

He stated that Governor Abubakar Bello, as well as the members of the Niger State House of Assembly, had called for a probe of Aliyu’s administration, describing it as fraudulent.

Bello, according to him, made allegations of several questionable transactions the former administration must account for and such transactions were discovered by the financial management committee set up by his administration.

The Governor was also said to have lamented that one of such discrepancies was discovered in the state and local government joint account where a massive fraud was allegedly perpetrated.


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