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N2bn pension money was never in my house – ex-Perm Sec

A former Permanent Secretary in the office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Abubakar Kigo, has insisted that N2 billion was never found in his residence by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the wake of the police pension scam.

A statement issued by Kigo’s lead counsel, Yahaya Mahmoud (SAN), yesterday, stated that since the false and libelous story was first reported, Kigo had vehemently denied the purported discovery of N2 billion in his house, and had challenged anyone with proof to the contrary to come forward.

Mahmoud said: “This denial is also contained in a submission Kigo made to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service, which investigated the pension scam currently rocking the media.

“It is noteworthy that the EFCC, Nigeria Police nor any other security organisation in the country has ever made such report about the alleged N2 billion. There is also no mention of such recovery in all relevant documents before the court.”

The lawyer recalled that Kigo left the police pension office about a year and a half ago, arguing that it was inconceivable that he (Kigo) had been keeping the alleged N2 billion in his house since that period.

He said: “One even wonders the amount of space which N2 billion cash would occupy, particularly in a three-bedroom house that hardly has enough space to park a vehicle in the courtyard.

“Although, it is a fact that the continued peddling of this rumour will not make Kigo guilty of an offence he has not committed, yet it is capable of misleading the general public into believing a story that is false, baseless and unfounded.”


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