EFCC Accuse Tambuwal Of Looting, Diverting Public Funds Worth 189 Billion NGN In 6 Years

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The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has openly accused the ex-governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwa of looting and diverting public funds into individual bank accounts.

The claims were backed by a document signed by DCE AS Abubakar and addressed to the chairman of the anti-graft commission identified as Abdulrasheed Bawa that reads;

“The Department recently carried out financial profiling of the Sokoto State Government. This profiling was aimed at identifying the state government’s accounts that may have been exposed to Diversion, misappropriation of public funds and money laundering by government officials,

“Analysis of the state government’s activities from 1st of January, 2015 to August 31st, 2021 uncovered unusual transactions in the following accounts. 1) Accountant General Sokoto FAAC Account Number 0697434238, Access Bank.
 
“ii) Secretary to the State Government Account Number 0700669798, Access Bank. iii) Permanent Secretary Government House Account number 0700669554, Access Bank.

“3) Specifically, the above-stated accounts received a total cumulative inflow of 567,160,024,619.93 (Five Hundred and Sixty Seven Billion, One Hundred and Sixty Million, Twenty Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Nineteen Naira, Ninety-Three Kobo) out of which 189,155,043,825.09 (One Hundred and Eighty-Nine Billion, One Hundred and Fifty-Five Million, Forty-Three Eight Hundred and Twenty Five Naira, Nine Kobo) was withdrawn in favour of government officials, individuals (suspected to be cashiers), companies and other groups/agencies.

“In light of the findings, it is assessed with a high degree of confidence that the named individuals (suspected to be cashiers) and identified government officials are involved in the diversion of public funds, misappropriation of State Government funds and money laundering activities.

“The following are suggested for investigation; Investigation should commence on other state government accounts in order to identify other accounts that are prone to unwholesome acts of state officials.

“Investigate the named individuals and identified government officials in order to know the extent of their involvement. Investigate FAAC account payouts to private companies; Nagarta Microfinance Bank and Bilya Micro System,”