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Adamawa CP drags Nyako's cabinet members to lawmakers

By The Rainbow

Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Mr. John Abakasanga, yesterday compelled three of the four commissioners that failed to appear before the state House of Assembly last Thursday to attend the sitting of the House to answer questions in respect of budget implementation and expenditure.

The three commissioners that appeared in the House were later quizzed by the lawmakers, who later noted that billions of naira were allegedly siphoned in the name of raising memos for some frivolous projects that were not executed.

The House last week directed the state police commissioner to arrest and present them on the floor of the House to respond to questions in connection with expenditures in their respective ministries.

However, the police commissioner directed the assistant commissioner in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department to arrest and present three of the four commissioners that honoured the police invitation on the floor of the House in line with the resolution of the the Assembly.

Those that were taken to the Assembly included Mrs Lucy Ishaiku of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lilian Stephen of the Ministry of Health, Alhaji Ibrahim Gorko of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. Their fourth colleague, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Shuiabu of the Land and Survey, did not appear.

According to the assistant commissioner, who presented the three on the floor of the House, Shua'aibu had assured him that he would come to the House at about 10am yesterday but could not honour the promise. He was, however, seen at the premises of the House after the plenary.

Two of the three commissioners were accused by the House of extra-budgetary expenditures, release of funds to contractors without executing the projects, or the contractors executing shoddy work, and initiating and approving frivolous  memos by the executive arm of government.

In some instances, funds were allegedly withdrawn from the public coffers in the ministries of Works, Health and Commerce and Industries without the political heads of the ministries, who are the commissioners,  while accounting officers.