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1.9bn fraud: Ex-Governor Fintiri remains in EFCC custody

02 June 2016, 17:30

Abuja - A former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri has remained in detention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in connection with the ongoing probe of a N1.9billion fraud, Nation reports.

The ex-governor is being investigated for alleged abuse of office and corruption during his reign as the governor of Adamawa State.

He was said to have arrived at the EFCC headquarters at about 12noon and had undergone quizzing for seven hours.

While in office, the administration of Fintiri allegedly awarded two road contracts including a N1billion work for Yola township road and another N1.9billion for road project in Mararaba Garta, which was ravaged by Boko Haram.

The EFCC source added: “Investigation so far revealed that Fintiri took a loan from a bank to set up a tea farm on Mambilla Plateau. But when he allegedly got the $3.8million, he diverted it to offset the loan.

The former governor according to Olisatv, may be spending some days with the EFCC before he is admitted to bail, according to the EFCC source who hinted that Fintiri may need to answer questions on how Adamawa state’s debt profile rose from N8.7bn to N13.85 within four months that he was acting governor.

Fintiri who was initially the speaker of the Adamawa state assembly, became acting governor in July 2014 following the impeachment of former Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

- News 24

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