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EFCC detains ex-gov Babangida Aliyu of Niger State

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is holding former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu for questioning over allegations of abuse of office and money laundering.

The  former governor was invited by the EFCC on Tuesday to respond to the allegations and he had faced many hours of interrogations by a team in the EFCC, The Nation reported.

According to a source in the anti-graft agency: “Specifically, the Chief Servant, as he was called in his days as governor, is alleged to have diverted N2 billion Ecological Funds for political purposes.

“He is also alleged to have fraudulently sold the state’s stake in North South Power, the holding company for Kainji Dam. About 16 per cent of the state’s 26 per cent shares in the company was sold for N3.6 billion.

“Of this, N1.090 billion was paid to the Government House and used for the 2015 elections, where Aliyu’s protégé, Nasko, ran unsuccessfully as governor.”

“Three companies were said to have benefited from the heist through contract awards. Among them  a company that is owned by a former government official, which allegedly got a contract for which it was paid N847 million.

“Of this sum N800m was allegedly given to a former chief of staff who allegedly handed the money to the former governor.”

A company  owned by a friend to Ibrahim Nasko, younger brother to a former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko got N487m for a contract.

“The money was  paid to various Bureau de Change,  converted into dollars and handed to the former Chief of Staff( Nasko) who also delivered the money to Babangida Aliyu,” the official said, pleading not to be named because he is not allowed to talk to the press.

According to The Nation, the ongoing probe of the ex-governor has nothing to do with the petition to the EFCC by the Niger State Government on a N2.9 billion loan obtained in the twilight of his tenure.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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