Sokoto â€” A former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, yesterday appeared before the commission of inquiry probing the activities of his government.
The commission was set up by the state government to probe the management of the state and local governmentsâ€™ joint account between 2002 and 2007.
The commission on June 8 invited Bafarawa to appear before it to answer some questions relating to running of the account.
At the commissionâ€™s sitting in Sokoto yesterday, the commissionâ€™s Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Ahmed, said the former governor was invited only as a witness.
â€œHe was invited as a witness and not as an accused person or a defendant. The commission is just a fact-finding one. He has not been accused of any criminal offence,” he said.
Ahmedâ€™s position was also corroborated by the commissionâ€™s lead counsel, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim.
Reports also said all the questions asked by one of the commissionâ€™s counsel, Mr Jacob Ochidi, bordered on some expenditure in the account during the period.
Some of the questions included the alleged monthly deduction of N200 million from the joint account between December 2002 and May 2003 which, Ochidi said, contravened the law which established the account.
Ochidi also queried the approval given for the deduction of N89 million out of the education resuscitation committeeâ€™s funds from the joint account.