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EFCC uncovers ex-gov’s N542m houses

*N300m mansion in Abuja

*N200m property

At least, three choice properties believed to have been acquired by the immediate past governor of  Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa,with alleged stolen public funds, have been traced by the Economic and other Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

The buildings are one each in Abuja, Bafarawa (the ex-governor’s home town) and London.

He was arrested in Abuja last Wednesday by operatives of the EFCC as he left a meeting of the evolving Mega Party.

He is still in custody awaiting arraignment in court for sundry charges of breach of public trust, money laundering, theft of public funds, abuse of office and perjury.

EFCC officials say he may have misappropriated as much as N15 billion during his two terms in office as governor.

The Abuja house said to belong to Bafarawa is located in high brow Maitama and it is estimated at N300 million.

The Bafarawa building is an eight bedroom mansion valued at N42 million while the London house is estimated at N200 million.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the governor did not reflect his ownership of the London house in his assets declaration form.

EFCC officials say this amounts to  perjury.

Besides, the ex-governor is accused of converting Sokoto State government shares in the Cement company of Northern Nigeria to his own by proxy, and withdrawing N349 million from the Universal Basic Education account for personal use and another N89 million from the state Education Resuscitation Committee’s accounts.

His political associates in the proposed mega party have deplored the manner of his arrest which they claim smack of political vendetta.

EFCC, they say, is acting the script of the State Government which wrote a petition to the Commission alleging financial irregularities while Bafarawa was in power.

The EFCC on Thursday secured a court order to detain the former governor till December 24.


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