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EFCC grills former Kebbi Governor, Dakingari over N3.8billion fraud
Former Governor Saidu Dakingari in EFCC net

EFCC grills former Kebbi Governor, Dakingari over N3.8billion fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday drilled former Kebbi State Governor Saidu Dakingari over alleged mismanagement of N3.8 billion.

As at 6.00pm yesterday, the former governor, who was invited by the EFCC, was still at the agency’s Operations Department. He is the third Governor to be so invited and interrogated by the agency in the last two weeks.

The EFCC’s operatives had earlier grilled Dakingari’s wife, Hajiya Zainab (the daughter of late President Umaru Yar’Adua) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed, over alleged N2 billion contracts and money laundering in the state.

Sources revealed that the invitation of the ex-governor followed a petition on non-execution of some contracts in Kebbi State when he was in charge

The source said: “We are probing allegations of mismanagement of N3.8 billion by the former governor and some of his aides; abuse of due process and non-execution of some contracts already paid for.

“After preliminary profiling, the anti-graft commission decided to invite Dakingari to respond to these allegations.

“We had earlier interacted with the wife of the former governor and the BOT chairman of PDP on what they knew about some of these contracts. The source said the commission might also question some former commissioners in the state.

“We want to hear from Dakingari before summoning some ex-commissioners and heads of parastatals.

“We have retrieved some relevant documents from Kebbi State to assist in our ongoing interrogation of Dakingari and others.”

The Head of Media and Publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the agency’s invitation to Dakingari. But he did not give details on why the EFCC invited the ex-governor.

Both ex-governors Gabriel Suswam (Benue) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) had appeared for interrogation before the commission.

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