By Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government has alleged that the former governor of the state, Mohammad Abubakar spent a sum of N2.3billion on funeral materials used for corpses within January and May 28 2019 he left office.
Spokesman of the Governor, Ladan Salihu said the figure was part of the handover note submitted to Bala Muhammed.
He said: “How could you imagine that the state government within January and the time of elections spent N2.3billion on funeral materials (clothes, robes used to dress up corpses, the wood). The immediate past government spent this amount and the same government did not spend quarter of that amount on our hospitals and clinic.
Ladan said it was not part of the government’s responsibility to buy burial materials for anybody. He therefore, vowed that the government would deploy all the means of recovery to return the money back to the State coffer.
He said: “We will recover every kobo spent illegally by the immediate past administrations. These monies are public fund, you don’t allow individual to hold us to ransom. They are not inheritance, they belonged to the people.”
The Governor’s Spokesman said the state government would petition Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and ICPC to probe every individual who had taken public fund and assets.
Meanwhile, when Nigerian News Direct contacted Abubakar’s media Aide, Ali to speak on the issues, he did not answer calls to his telephone and yet to reply message sent to him.