Following a petition alleging embezzlement, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested one Kasimu Lawal Abubakar (a.k.a Abasco), the former Chairman of Sabon Gari Local Government, Zaria, Kaduna State.
The former council boss allegedly abused his office to enrich himself. Other allegations contained in the petition include illegal acquisition of properties worth billions of naira.
While investigating the allegations, operatives of the Commission stormed the council only to discover evidence, that would have assisted the investigation, destroyed in an inferno which gutted the council secretariat building, particularly the Treasury Department.
While searching the home of the suspect, several official documents belonging to the local government including, but not limited to, original copies of payment schedule of the local government staff, tax clearance certificates and official files of the local government that are not supposed to be in his custody, as an ex-official of the council, were recovered.
Further investigation uncovered properties acquired by the council chief while he held office between 2007 and 2011, first as interim chairman and later as substantive Chairman. The properties include a farm house, private school (ABC Academy, Zaria, which is an acronym of his nickname "Abasco"), residential houses and a block industry, all in Kaduna State.
Apart from the alleged properties, it was also been discovered that the suspect converted some of the local government properties to his personal use.
The suspect has made useful statement while investigation continues.