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N2bn Salary Arrears: Court Freezes Bauchi Govt Accounts, Buhari Probes Bailout Fund to state

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… Governor relocates family, official engagements to Abuja

…As Col Dangiwa Umar FG team visits state
Following unpaid arrears of allowances and benefits to former aides of

former Bauchi State Governors, Ahmed Mu’azu and Isa Yuguda, an Industrial

Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State capital, has frozen the accounts of

Bauchi State government.
The development coincided with the visit of a Federal Government

delegation led by Former Governor of Kaduna State, Col. Dangiwa Umar (rtd)

assigned to probe the spending of the bail out fund released by the

federal government for the payment of outstanding salary arrears of

workers in the state to the Governor Mohammed Abdulahi-led administration

elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). gathered ‎that aides, who served under Mu’azu and

Yuguda administrations sued Bauchi State government, demanding payment of

their entitlement to the tune of N2billion. The suit prompted the freezing

of government accounts by the court in response to the prayers of the

former aides pending the settlement of the claims.
The court order is, however, coming at a time the government cannot pay

salary arrears of workers and pensioners in the state.

Our correspondent also gathered that the Bauchi State Governor is now

using the issue of frozen account as the reason for his non-performance

and delay in payment of workers salaries and pension in the state.

The government is owing workers and pensioners five months outstanding

salaries arrears.
Also, in a similar vein, a Federal Government high powered committee

headed by former Kaduna State Governor Colonel Umar DanGiwa, was in Bauchi

to investigate the reckless spending of the bailout fund and other loans

Governor Abubakar collected without the approval of the legislature.

The federal government is worried that Bauchi which gave President Buhari

one of the highest votes in 2015 and 2007 is almost rendered ungovernable

following the non-payment of salaries occasioned by a protracted

verification exercise. further learned that Governor Abubakar has relocated

all his family members to Abuja for fear of attack by workers and irate

youth in the state.
The governor, like a golden fish that has no hiding place, is regularly

stoned by irate youth and frustrated pensioners anywhere he visited

forcing him to transfer all official engagement especially courtesy calls

and signing of files to Abuja.
It would be recalled that Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar had raised

alarm, on assuming duties, that he met an empty treasury left by the

immediate past Governor, Isa Yuguda.
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