By Seriki Adinoyi
Plateau state governor, Mr. Simon Bako Lalong, on Thursday said his administration was doing everything possible to recover funds looted from the state treasury by previous administrations,.
To this end, he disclosed that a Commissioner in the Jang administration was already in EFCC net being quizzed for financial misconduct.
Lalong stated this in Jos during a breakfast parley with members of the state’s correspondents chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) in commemoration of the Governor’s 53rd birthday.
Lalong said, “We have done a lot of investigations and a lot of arrests have been made, some past government officials are currently on bail; they were called to come and give evidences about some investigations that are going on.
“A former commissioner in the state is currently in the custody of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC over N2 billion which was meant for Small and Medium scale Enterprise (SME) but was diverted during the past administration; and the case has been reported to the EFCC. Due to this, the CBN has refused to give the state additional SME funds because the state is yet to account for the earlier one given which was looted. And this has caused a setback in empowering the youths.”
The Governor said that the state has recovered over N2 billion from suspected looters.
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