Kogi state government denies arrest of DLGs by EFCC



The Kogi State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has said that no Director of Local Government from the State is in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In statement signed by Akpata Jordan, the Ministry’s public relations officer called on the public to disregard the rumour making the round in some online media that all the Kogi State Local Government Directors are in EFCC custody for given N630 Million Council fund to Governor Bello.

The statement described the rumour as “another evil machination of mischief makers who are bent on smearing the good reputation built by the Ministry under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello and the Special Adviser of the Ministry, Engr. Abubakar Ohere.

The statement pointed out that there was never a meeting called by the governor to meet with DLGS as was alleged describing it as lies coming from the pit of hell, manufactured by opposition political actors in an election year.

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It noted that the present administration has made transparency and accountability in the affairs of Local Government administration a priority through the granting of autonomy and direct control of their finances by the Local Councils.

The statement described the news as “the figment of the imagination of those who concocted the story, pointing out that the governor is too decent , civil, having fought corruption head long since he assumed office could not have stoop so low to force, coerce and asked Directors of Local Government to hand over N30 million each to him.

While noting that it is only gross ignorance that would make the mischief makers think that a Director of Local Government can single handedly withdraw N30million in cash and hand over same to a governor, Jodan lamented how the writers condensed so low to try to manipulate Kogi State citizens.

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He therefore urged the public to disregard the online publication as it is fake, baseless and a figment of the imagination of what described as satanic minds, bent on smearing the good works of Governor Yahaya Bello.

The statement used the medium to call on the online media to always cross-check their facts, with a sense of balance from the Ministry, as nothing as is been alleged in the story ever occurred.

While noting that the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs would continue to sustain its record of openness, transparency, accountability, under the leadership of Engr. Abubakar Ohere, it restated it resolve not to be deterred by the handwork and evil machination of those bent on smearing the hard earned reputation of the Ministry.

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It further warned of likely legal consequences if the online reporters would allow themselves to be used as willing tools in the hands of mischief makers.

The statement further urged the public to disregard the said online publication as no meeting was ever called by Governor Bello with the DLGs and that no DLG from the State has ever been invited by the EFCC for allegedly given out the sum of N30million each and N630 million cumulatively as was alleged in the ill-fated publication as sponsored by opposition political actors.

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