Former Bauchi governor spent N2.3bn on funerals in five months


Buachi state governor, Bala Mohammed has revealed that his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, spent N2.3 billion on funeral materials in five months.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Ladan Salihu, the governor revealed that the money was spent between January and May.

According to him, about 900 million was spent on white cloths to wrap corpses and another N1.4 billion for buying wood to lace the graveyards.

He said the government has “documentary evidence” to substantiate the allegation.

“This money which ought to have been appropriated by the state House of Assembly before expenditure, all of a sudden emanated from our treasury books,” he said.

“How could you imagine that a state government, within five months, that is, between January and May, 2019, spent well over N2.3bn on funeral materials, dresses for wrapping dead bodies and the woods that you lace the graveyards with.

“All these are captured in the report of the transition committee and these were gathered from documents and vouchers and payments made from our treasury books. There is the Freedom of Information Law, use it and find out for yourself from those documents.”

Salihu said the government would use every means possible to retrieve the funds “stolen by the last administration”.

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