The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has declared to petition the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N2.3 billion naira which was spent on funeral materials and burials between January and May by the immediate pasgovernor, Mohammad Abubakar.
Ladan Salihu, the Spokesperson to the governor, speaking with newsmen on sunday, said that the figure was contained in the handover note passed down to the transition committee in May.
According to him, “how could you imagine that a state governor, between January and the time of elections, spent N2.3 billion on funeral materials (clothes, robes, and woods). “The immediate past government said they spent this amount, but the same government could not spend a quarter of that amount on our hospitals and clinics.
“We will recover every kobo spent illegally by the immediate past administration. These monies are public funds. We can’t allow individuals to hold us to ransom.
“These monies are not their inheritance; they belong to the people.” He assured that government would petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and other relevant agencies to probe any individual who was suspected to be in a position of public funds and assets.
However, Ali Ali, the spokesperson of the former governor, describled the allegation as “laughable,” saying that he was not aware of such spending, but assured that he would make findings and respond to the allegation.