Former Governor, Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar has been indicted by the Bauchi State Funds and Asset Recovery Committee for misappropriation of state funds and violation of his oath of office during his time as governor of the state.
The former governor was said to have purchased for himself seven cars which belongs to the state government and and as well allocated 30 vehicles to his political appointees and public office holders.
The act was in violation of the provisions of the Bauchi State Budget Monitoring, Price Intelligence and Public procurement Law (BMPIPP 2008), for the disposal of government assets and/or properties.
This was made known by the Public Relations Officer of the committee, Umar Barau Ningi during a press conference.
According to Daily Trust, it was reported that fraudulent and fictitious contracts, mismanagement, selfish interest and violation of office was discovered during their investigations.
He said, “The Committee has already recovered 15 of such vehicles and is working to get back the remaining 15 with a view to returning them to government pool. The Committee has also taken steps to recover the vehicles that the former governor arbitrarily sold to himself,” he said.
Speaking on the violation of his oath of office, the PRO said, ‘‘the former governor initiated a transaction and sold to himself a house with Certificate of Occupancy, No. BA/40245, located adjacent to Wikki Hotel, belonging to Bauchi State government, at a highly subsidised rate. This also is in gross violation of the (BMPIPP 2008) procurement law, for the disposal of government assets and/or properties. Section 55, subsection 4 & 5 states inter alia; ‘all procuring entities shall distribute responsibilities for the disposal of public property between procurement units and Tenders Board.
“A report of the findings shall be forwarded to the Executive Council for appropriate directive. All these provisions were found to have been violated. Above all, the disposing entity, Bauchi Geographic Information Service (BAGIS) is not backed by any law, as the bill that established the Agency in 2017 is yet to be signed into law. It follows therefore that, whatever business the Agency transacted, and with whomsoever – individuals or organisations, is illegal, null and void, and of no effect whatsoever’’.
Ningi further said that when the Media Aide of the former governor, Abubakar Sadeeq was contacted, he demanded for time so as to speak with his boss before speaking on the matter.