A renowned activist, politician and social commentator of Kogi extraction, comrade Austin Usman Okai has reacted to the tidings involving the Economical and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and Yahaya Bello-led administration in Kogi Province where it was confirmed that the money meant to offset workers’ salary was seized and returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, by the appropriate say-so.
Speaking after the pronouncement by the EFCC, the political activist was quoted as saying, “the EFCC has vindicated us. I have maintained that Yahaya Bello’s financial activities in the Province is synonymous, whether not worse than Yahoo Yahoo Cartel.”
Recall that the EFCC had on Fri, in a press statement, announced that the CBN had acknowledged the receipt of the total of N19, 333,333,333.36 (19 Billion, 3 Hundred and 30-three Million, 3 Hundred and 30-three Thousand, 3 Hundred and 30-three Naira, 30-six Kobo) recovered by the EFCC from the Kogi Province Salary Bail-out account domiciled in Sterling Bank Plc.
Reacting, Okai said, “this evolution has exposed the wickedness and ineptitude of Yahaya Bello towards the civil servants and the entire population of the Province.
“The activeness of EFCC has vindicated my consistent beliefs on how the province resources are beingness squandered by the Yahaya Bello led administration,” adding that the Governor should be preparing for his days in judicature after the expiration of his immunity clause in 2023.
“Yahaya Bello has refused to spare a minute of thought for civil servants who have done everything humanly possible to remain peaceful amidst despicable working conditions, it’s unlucky that Salaries of civil servants are kept absent to foster his unrealistic Presidential tender.
“Rattling many of us have been battered, shattered & humiliated by security operatives who were desperate to quiet us at all cost and to create a conducive environs for the looting of the province treasury.
“This poses serious threats on our lives, yet, we resolve to stand up and defend what is right without considering “whose ox is gored”.
“As we speak, I’m still standing trial for speaking out against the massive looting of the province resources, so many of us are still under expiry threat for speaking out against the abuse of governance in the province, these we do because we believe in what Kogi Province can be,” he added.
The activist, thence, tasked the EFCC to dig deeper, as he alleged that the Paris Guild Refunds, statutory allocations and other borrowings were beingness squandered on Yahaya Bello’s expensive lifestyle and presidential ambition.
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