The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has kept former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu in its custody for questioning over allegations of abuse of office and money laundering.
Aliyu, it was learnt, was on Tuesday invited by the premier anti-graft agency to respond to the allegations.
The governor was said to have subsequently faced many hours of interrogations by a crack team in the EFCC.
A source in the anti-graft agency said that : “Specifically, the Chief Servant, as he was called in his days as governor, is alleged to have diverted N2 billion Ecological Funds for political purposes.
“He is also alleged to have fraudulently sold the state’s stake in North South Power, the holding company for Kainji Dam. About 16 per cent of the state’s 26 per cent shares in the company was sold for N3.6 billion.
“Of this, N1.090 billion was paid to the Government House and used for the 2015 elections, where Aliyu’s protégé, Nasko, ran unsuccessfully as governor.”
“Three companies were said to have benefited from the heist through contract awards. Among them a company that is owned by a former government official, which allegedly got a contract for which it was paid N847 million.
“Of this sum N800m was allegedly given to a former chief of staff who allegedly handed the money to the former governor.”
A company owned by a friend to Ibrahim Nasko, younger brother to a former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko got N487m for a contract.
“The money was paid to various Bureau de Change, converted into dollars and handed to the former Chief of Staff( Nasko) who also delivered the money to Babangida Aliyu,” the official added.