Bafarawa instructed me to share N87m among his aides – Ex-commissioner
A former commissioner during the Governor Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa’s administration, Senator Salihu Bakwai SabonBirni, yesterday told the Sokoto High Court how the former governor allegedly instructed him to withdraw the sum of N89 million from the state’s Education Resuscitation Account and share it among his commissioners and special adviser.
He also told the court that another N29 million was withdrawn from the same account for the purchase of vehicles.
Bakwai, who was one of the witnesses invited by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to testify in the graft charges against Bafarawa alleged that he met the former governor at the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto on March 4, 2007, and that after exchanging pleasantries, he directed him to withdraw N89 million and give each of his commissioners N2 million and N1 million to each of his four special advisers.
He said that
the commissioners were 12 and that since he was also a commissioner at that time, he benefitted from the money.
He further alleged that Bafarawa also instructed him to take the remaining N61 million to Alhaji Umarun Kwabo, who in turn ordered him to give it to the then Secretary of the state Pilgrims Welfare Agency.
He said the money was withdrawn from the state Education Resuscitation Account, which he was one of its signatories at the time.
When asked about the purpose of the money by the prosecuting counsel, Barrister Jacob Ochidi, the former commissioner said he did not know.
Asked how he utilized his own share, he said: “As a family man, I spent it on my children school fees and other domestic needs.”
However, he appeared to be confused when asked about the nature of the instruction for the withdrawal, as he first said it was an oral instruction which was later documented, but he quickly withdrew the latter and stuck to the oral instruction.
After his testimony, the judge, Justice Bello Abbas, adjourned the case to May 19.
Osita FRSC Boss
PDP National Chairman Dr. Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu (left) with Sokoto State Deputy Governor Mukhtar Shagari, during the PDP governor’s meeting in Dutse, Jigawa State yesterday.