Investigate Kogi Government Now, Melaye Tells EFCC, ICPC
The Anti-Corruption Network says it has uncovered an alleged multi-billion naira fraud perpetrated by the Kogi State Government under Governor Yahaya Bello between 2016 and 2019.
The group said it will forward its discoveries alongside petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission next week Monday for further action.
Convener of the network, Senator Dino Melaye, who made the disclosure at a media conference in Abuja, Friday on the group’s investigation report on Kogi State and Governor Bello, said they discovered fraudulent/corrupt practices in the state government expenditures for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Melaye added that the alleged fraudulent/corrupt practices perpetrated by Governor Bello and his cronies within the years in question ranged from the illegal award of contracts, award of contracts without due process, violation of procurement procedures, outright money laundering, borrowing from the non-capital market, fraudulent loan, award of fictitious contracts, among others.
For all the allegations levelled by the governor and the state government, Melaye said they have the names of persons involved, date of commission of the offence, banks involved, locations, among other details.
The network however called law enforcement agencies to further investigate the issues raised and bring the perpetrators to book.