Immediate past Bauchi governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has owned up to claim by the incumbent that he sold properties belonging to the state to himself in the twilight of his administration.
A panel set up by the governor, Sentor Bala Mohammed, to recover funds and assets of the state either stolen outright or acquired in suspicious manner accused Abubakar of selling seven luxury government vehicles and house to himself cheaply, a claim, the accused’s aide, Ali M. Ali, did not refute in a WhatsAPP message to newsmen on Friday.
Rather, Ali rationalised his principal’s action saying: “Our attention has been drawn to the rehash of the several ‘sins’ of former Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar while in office and presented as ‘fresh’ evidence of his corruption and abuse of office.
“These are gross distortions. The law provides that users of government vehicles that have been in use for upwards of three years are at liberty to purchase them.
“The vehicles in question have been in use for more than four years. The law provides that they can be sold at 10 per cent of the book value. It is, therefore, perplexing that the committee is alleging foul play here.
“As a matter of fact, the Hilux vehicles that constituted the former governor’s convoy had engine change due to wear and tear associated with convoy duties.”