Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has vowed to prosecute those connected with a N2.1bn fraud recently discovered in one of the ministries in the state.
Bello, who paid an unscheduled visit to some ministries on Wednesday, lamented the fraud in the account of one of the ministries that he visited.
The governor, who did not reveal the ministry involved, promised to get to the root of the fraud, noting that he was ready to prosecute those involved in the theft.
He said his administration was committed to ending corruption in the state civil service.
Bello warned the workers that his administration would not spare anyone who diverted public funds.
A source, who asked not to be named, said the 2.1bn fraud was in connection with the Kogi State SME funds allegedly diverted by some top directors in the state.
Our source said the governor immediately directed the acting Permanent Secretary of the unknown ministry to give a comprehensive report on the alleged fraud.
In a related development, the Kogi State Head of Service, Mr. Moses Atakpa, has been asked to proceed on a 30-day compulsory leave.
Meanwhile, James Faleke, the running mate to the late governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Abubakar Audu, has accused Bello of mismanaging the resources of the state.
Faleke said instead of facing governance, Bello had been concentrating on trivial issues since his inauguration.
He also accused the governor of causing division in the state House of Assembly.
In a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle on Thursday, Faleke said, “To those who know him (Bello), please tell him we are watching and any act of corruption will be exposed.
“My heart bleeds for my people because of the reckless way Bello has been managing the resources of the state.When Bello came in, he met N2.5bn in the treasury plus the N700m Ecological Fund. From these, he paid a month’s salaries to workers.
“Then the January allocation of N2.6bn came in and he collected a loan of N420m from Zenith Bank.
“The governor has squandered the state’s allocation and the loan he received. He refused to pay salaries, using staff screening as an excuse. His administration has also not tarred any road. What has he been doing with the state money?”