The immediate past Governor of Jigawa, Sule Lamido, on Monday, returned to the country from his foreign trip and promised to visit the Economic and Financial Crime Commission on Thursday.
Mr. Lamido stated this while speaking with journalists in his Bamaina village in Birninkudu Local Government area of the state.
He said since the EFCC is the anti-graft agency of the government recognised by law, he would not shun the invitation “I am aware of the invitation.’’
He said he is always willing to honour this kind of invitation even when he was a governor that enjoyed immunity.
PREMIUM TIMES had in 2014 published details of how Mr. Lamido and his sons, Aminu and Mustapha Lamido, used their positions to siphon Jigawa State funds.
The details showed how N1.3 billion was paid by the construction firm, Dantata and Sawoe, as a 10 percent kickback for contracts the firm won. The money was paid into the accounts of companies owned by Governor Lamido and his sons.
Details obtained by this paper showed how between 2007, when Mr. Lamido assumed office, and 2014, Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company was awarded contracts amounting to N13.5 billion.
Payments for the contracts were made by the state government to the construction firm through five banks – Zenith, Access, Diamond, Sterling and UBA.
Within the same period, according to a probe of the transactions by the EFCC, Dantata and Sawoe paid out over N1.3 billion into the accounts of companies in which the governor and his sons — Mustapha and Aminu – have interests, specifically the accounts of Bamaina Holdings Limited where Sule Lamido is sole signatory and Speeds International Limited.
Both accounts were domiciled in Unity Bank Plc.
Mr. Lamido’s sons were arrested in 2013 by the EFCC, while their father enjoyed immunity as governor.