The Governor of Niger state, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has invited the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to probe a $181 million Islamic Development Bank (IDP) loan initiated by the immediate past administration of Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu.
The former Governor of the state, Babangida Aliyu accused the present administration of mismanaging the loan he canvassed for from an Islamic bank during the end of his administration.
The former Governor while presenting Candidates of People Democratic Party, (PDP) and flagging off Campaign for the state local government election coming up this month,the Governor called on the present State government to explain how it spent a $181 million loan from the Islamic Development Bank which he canvassed for and was approved at the tail end of his administration but which was not released till he left office.
However, during the official flag-off of the 2019 local government council election campaign in Minna yesterday, Governor Sani Bello declared that none of such money had entered into the coffers of government.
“We did not meet any money in government account when we came into office neither has there been any money of such received by the government.
“For this, we are inviting the EFCC to come and probe this government and the other government to see who is lying among us. But I still say that we did not meet anything in the account. EFCC should come and find out if the money as been released from that time till now,” he said.
“The National and State Assembly has approved the loan but they are yet to receive it. The money has not been released but if Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said it has been released, EFCC should come and investigate who has taken the money,” he submitted.