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I shared Shema’s N680m, ADC Koko Says

Mr Shehu Koko, the Aide-de-camp (ADC) to former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, on Tuesday, explained to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry how he disbursed N680.2 million to security chiefs  in the state during the 2015 general elections. Koko told the Commission in Katsina that the funds were disbursed in cash. He said it was his former boss, Shema, who asked him to summon a security meeting on March 26, 2015.
“The money was disbursed as logistics and allowances to various security personnel during the Presidential and Gubernatorial Elections in 2015. “I invited the then Deputy Commissioner of Police who stands for the CP, the then Commanding Officer of the 35 battalion, Nigerian Army, the Director, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Deputy Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC),’’ he said. He explained that the money was provided by the former  Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Sani Makana, on March 27, 2015. According to him, the DSS was given N158 million, Nigerian Army; N68.2 million, Customs; N8 million, Immigration; N10million  and Prisons Service; N8 million. Others were Federal Road Safety Corps; N8, NSCDC; N24 million, the present Commissioner of Police who was in the state for election duties got N10 million, former Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP); N4 million and DCP operations; N3.5 million. The ADC said each of the three police area commanders received N4 million, while N95 million was disbursed to the 34 Divisional Police Officers, where each DPO got N2.5 million, among others. He added that the present ADC to Gov. Bello Masari collected for himself and on behalf of the Non Commission Officers serving in the state. Koko submitted documents on the disbursement which were registered and marked as evidences. Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Muhammad Surajo, has adjourned sitting until Oct. 26 for adoption of addresses by the counsel. It would be recalled that the current state Governor, Alhaji Bello Masari, had constituted a commission of inquiry to investigate how funds were allegedly diverted during the tenure of Ibrahim Shema and advise government on what to do.

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