•Accuses Him Of Selling N400m Worth Of Vehicles To Self As Scrap
By Sam ADEGBE, Abuja
As the frosty relationship between Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and his predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema worsens, the Governor has added another twist to the lingering crises with a stunning allegation that his predecessor sold to himself state vehicles worth N400 million at the twilight of his administration, even as he also claimed that several properties belonging to the state had been personalised.
Speaking with newsmen in the presence of some top government officials in Katsina, at the weekend, Masari alleged that the state vehicles, which were just one year old, were sold off at scrap value of N3 million each.
“Can you imagine a car of N78 million bought in 2014 was sold for just N3 million, another N10 million vehicle for N990,000. This is disturbing”, he said.
Gov. Masari further alleged that all the sold off vehicles were less than two years old but were sold at 90 per cent depreciation valued, wondering what valuation criteria was adopted to allow the deal to sail.
He further claimed that when the Shema administration realized its tenure was winding down, it embarked on financial recklessness for which the state is now facing the negative consequences.
Aside vehicles, the governor alleged that his predecessor and cronies personalised several government houses and property in Kaduna and Abuja, adding that “we have so many of them, we are just taking our time and we shall soon make them public”.
Governor Masari said “several elders and elites of the state had tried to mediate between us but to no avail as the present government insists that all funds missing should be refunded while the former government is maintaining its position that it did nothing wrong”.
Our attempts to reach the former governor on phone proved abortive as his lines were either switched off or perpetually engaged.