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Abubakar spent N2.3b on funerals, Bauchi government alleges

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The Bauchi Government has claimed that the immediate past governor of the state, Mohammad Abubakar, spent N2.3 billion on funerals between January 1 and May 28, 2019.

Spokesman of Governor Bala Mohammed, Ladan Salihu, said the sum was contained in the handover note transmitted to his principal.
He queried: “How could you imagine that the state government within January and the time of elections spent N2.3 billion on funeral materials. The immediate past government spent this amount and the same government did not spend quarter of that amount on our hospitals and clinics.”

Salihu maintained that it was not government’s responsibility to buy burial materials for anybody, vowing that the current administration in the state would deploy every legal means to recover the alleged misapplied fund.

“We will recover every kobo spent illegally by the immediate past administration. They are public funds. You don’t allow an individual to hold us to ransom. They are not inheritance, they belong to the people,” he added.

The spokesman hinted that the state government would petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) to probe every individual who had converted to private use public funds and assets.

Efforts to reach the ex-governor’s media aide, Ali Ali, for comments were futile yesterday, as he neither took his calls nor responded to the message sent to his mobile phone.

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