Monday, 2 May 2016

EFCC arrests Adamawa government chief of staff in connection to N2.88bn scam

A top aide of Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa state AbdurRahman Abba Jimeta, has been arrested by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). 

Vanguard reports that Jimeta, the chief of staff to the governor and former governor, Murtala Nyako, is allegedly involved in a scam amounting to over N2.88billion for the renovation of Yola International hotel.

The contract was said to have been awarded during the tenure of Nyako

The arrest was confirmed by an impeccable source in the anti-graft agency. 

“Yes, he is being interrogated over some issues, but you know you can get details as I am not authorized to talk press,” the source said. 

Also speaking, a close associate of the detained chief of staff who preferred anonymity said he was only invited over a plot of land that he bought from Jafaru Malik. 

“They took him to Gombe to show prove of ownership, I wonder how people peddle rumour,” he added. 

Jimeta’s property along Karewa road, opposite Bekaji Housing Estate was reportedly sealed off by the EFCC. 

Report has it that the contract for the renovation of the hotel was reviewed upward almost three times, and the payment were categorized into nine installments where the government then paid up to N2.664 billion and was left with the balance of N204 million.

A government source who pleaded anonymity said: “But when Jibrilla’s administration came on board, the contract was again reviewed upward, under the supervision of ministry of culture and tourism.”

Source- Vanguard

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