By Ibrahim Adamu, Kaduna
As War of words intestifies between Katsina Government and Kaduna based businessman and philanthropist , Dr Mahdi Shehu with the Latter calling on Governor Masari to resign over an alleged Squandering of his state’s resources on security and frivolities with no tangible projects to show for it.
It will be recalled that Dr Mahdi Shehu who is an indigene of Katsina State had accused the Administration of Governor Masari of spending over 24 Billion Naira between June 2015 and December 2018 in the name of security and cash gifts to various heads of security agencies in the State.
Katsina State Government responded to Mahdi’s allegations through the Secretary to the state Government , Inuwa Mustapha who debunked the allegations and accused the businessman of spreading falsehood aimed to tarnish image of governor Masari.
Dr Mahdi in response to the SSG made an additional damning revelations where he said Governor Masari had been withdrawing funds meant to develop his state and disbursed them to individuals who according to him had done nothing to warrant such huge amounts given to them.
The statement reads in part ” Rather than picking my allegations and debunking them one after the other , the SSG to Katsina Government , Inuwa Mustapha resorted to swearing and using more lies to cover their earlier lies, betrayal and deceptions that were used to loot Katsina treasury in the tune of over 52 Billion Naira from 2015 to 2019.
” The state Government’s accounts with UBA Katsina , KTSG 1019265062 and Fidelity , KTSG 5030113060 . These two accounts are the Almighty accounts being treated with utmost secrecy by the Masari administration which were used to perpetrate this monumental sleaze against the people of Katsina. ” Mahdi added.
He said he had in his possession close to 300 entries where huge monies were removed from the state’s accounts with no corresponding projects on ground for which purposes the withdrawals were made.
” 849 million was withdrawn for the purpose of taking care of ten mobile policemen at Rimi House Katsina and another 500 million was also removed for same purpose in 2015 .
” 165 million was removed in June 2017 in the name of Katsina Emirate Council for forest patrol . The current emir has his integrity and those of his predecessors , his grandparents to protect . He should therefore, speak out on this and clear his name .
” In October 2018 the sum of 49 million was removed for the purpose of settling hotel bills of Katsina Motel, Liyafa Motel , Makera , Maikudi , Daura, Dutsinma and Malumfashi Hotels using a personal Access Bank’s account number 0074981738 belonging to a serving political appointee of the Katsina Government against financial regulations of the federal government of Nigeria.
” Commanding Officer of 35 Battalion of the Nigerian Army in Katsina was given a total of 736 million and 250 million to the chief of Army staff when he was in Katsina for an official assignment.
” It is therefore , imperative for the Army Headquarters to clear the air on this to save their hard-earned reputation.” He said.
The CEO of Dialogue further mentioned that over a billion naira was given to commissioner of police in the state between 2015 and 2018 for various purposes ranging from keeping Katsina highways safe , gifts to the Commissioner and fixing of police patrol vans which according to him were ridiculous considering the untamed and acute security challenges in the state where he said people were being slaughtered on consistent basis.
He challenged anti- corruption agencies , EFCC and the ICPC to do justice to the petitions he said he had written them for justice and equity to the Katsina people.
He also called on members of the state Assembly to rise up to their responsibilities of protecting the interests of the Katsina people , their monies and trust , adding that posterity would judge them according to their deeds .
He added that he would pen an open letter to Mr President calling his attention to the monumental sleaze and corruption bedeviling his state in the face of unending killings of the people who gave him one of the highest votes in 2015 and 2019 elections , adding that millions of naira was wasted in the name of settling bandits which he said served as a motivation to the bandits to further carry out unending attacks on hapless villagers killing , maiming and raping women.