The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a former Chairman of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria in Kaduna State, Kasimu Abubakar (a.k.a Abasco).
A statement by the acting Head, Media, EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwajaren, on Sunday said the arrest was sequel to a petition alleging that the former council boss abused his office to enrich himself.
Other allegations contained in the petition included illegal acquisition of properties worth billions of naira.
Uwujaren said Abubakar had “made useful statements” to the EFCC.
He said, “In the course of investigating the allegations, operatives of the Commission stormed the council only to discover that evidence that would assist the investigation had been destroyed in an inferno that gutted the council secretariat building, particularly the Treasury Department.”
But in the course of executing a search warrant at the home of the suspect, several official documents belonging to the local government, including original copies of payment schedule of the council’s staff, tax clearance certificates and official files that were not supposed to be in his custody were said to have been recovered.
Uwujaren said, “Further investigation uncovered properties acquired by the council chief while he held sway between 2007 and 2011, first as interim chairman, and later as substantive chairman.
“The properties scattered in different locations in the state include a farm house, private school, (ABC Academy, Zaria which is an acronym of his nick name, Abasco), residential houses and a block industry, all in Kaduna State.
“Apart from the alleged properties, it has also been discovered that the suspect converted some of the LG’s properties to his personal use. The suspect has made useful statement while investigation continues.”