facing charges over allegations that he looted the state’s treasury to
the tune of billions of naira in the short time he acted as governor.
That follows a petition against the governor by the Adamawa State
government which was lodged at the Economic and Financial Crimes
agency to assist it in recovering funds allegedly looted by the former
acting governor of the state.
state House of Assembly, who acted as the state governor between July
and October, 2014, following the impeachment of the then governor,
Alhaji Murtala Nyako, and his deputy, Barr. Bala James Nggilari, was
said to have spearheaded their removal to pave the way for himself to
emerge as governor.
EFCC, filed by the state government, Fintiri’s financial misdeeds and
questionable expenditures are of monumental proportion.
petition, dated May 11, 2015 and signed by the secretary to the state
government (SSG), Mr Ibrahim A. Welye, is entitled, ‘Petition Against
Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri , Erstwhile Acting Governor Adamawa State for
Embezzlement, Misappropriation and Diversion of Public Funds.’
Specifically, the Adamawa State government has accused the former acting
governor of purchasing a tea plantation in neighbouring Taraba State
from the Bank of Agriculture at the whopping sum of N650 million.
Besides, it said it was in doubt as to how Fintiri could have spent
over N20 billion within 86 days of his stint as the acting governor, as
he had stated at a press conference.
“On October 8, 2014, Barrister Bala James Nggilari assumed office as the
governor of the state and has since discovered massive acts of
embezzlement, diversion and misappropriation of state funds perpetrated
by Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
It also accused Fintiri of appropriating money for contracts not
executed, including projects purportedly executed in areas of the state
that were then under the control of Boko Haram.
acting governor of Adamawa State, claimed to have constructed bridges at
Marraraba Garta and Kamale in Michika local government when the said
local government was completely under the control of Boko Haram
insurgents. He also claimed to have executed the Malamre-Yola road
altogether valued at N2.8 billion.”
currently recovering from the devastating effect of the Boko Haram sect
has also accused Fintiri of fraudulently approved N75 million for the
electrification of Kirchinga in Madagali local government which was then
also in the hands of the insurgents.
former acting governor of paying the sum of N257 million on September
26, 2014 purportedly for the renovation of the House of Assembly
complex, an amount the state government said “was not only outrageous
anti-corruption agency to investigate the Speaker’s purchase of the
multimillion naira farm using his company, Mayim Construction and
N497 million earmarked for the construction of the Faculty of Law of the
Adamawa State University (ADSU), after the foundation stone was laid.