Sokoto govt explains N700m transfered to Sultan’s account

By Abdallah el-Kurebe
Sokoto State government has risen in defence
of Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III, following an
alleged probe by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, over the N700
million purportedly transferred into the
monarch’s account.
The Sultan of Sokoto
The Nigerian Financial Intelligence Reporting
Unit, NFIU, had allegedly flagged the account
of the Chief of Staff to the Sultan of Sokoto,
Kabiru Tafida, following transfer of N700
million in two tranches from the state
However, Special Adviser to Governor Aminu
Tambuwal on Media and Public Affairs, Imam
Imam, said in a statement, yesterday, that the
approval of the said sum was given by the
State Executive Council, SEC, on December 28,
The statement read in part: “Sokoto State
govern-ment, concerned about the lack of a
befitting office and residential accommodation
for use by officials and members of the
Sultanate Council, approved, within its capital
estimates of the 2016 Supplementary Budget
and 2017 Budget, N200 million and N500
million, respectively, for provision and
furnishing of Sultanate Council and residence
in Abuja.
“The items are on Pages 11 and 362 of the
approved budget documents with Sub-Head
Numbers 467/131, which was passed by the
Sokoto State House of Assembly and signed
into law by Governor Aminu Tambuwal on
Friday, February 10.
“Furthermore, the Sokoto State Executive
Council, via a resolution of the Exco, with
number CC (2016) 5R of Wednesday,
December 28, 2016, approved the purchase of
the office and residential accommodation in
“We wish to make it clear that all laid down
legal and administrative procedure were
followed in the execution of the matter.”

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