The government was reacting to the alleged interrogation of the Chief of Staff to the sultan, Alhaji Kabiru Tafida by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) over a suspicious transfer of N700 million into his account from the Sokoto State government account.
The Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Media and Publicity Imam Imam said in a statement, that the N700m was for the “provision and furnishing of Sultanate Council office and residence in Abuja.”
He also said the funds were captured under the state capital estimates of 2016 supplementary budget and 2017 budget.
EFCC Sources were trying to know the reason why the fund was channeled through the personal account of the Sultan’s senior aide.
The Secretary to the Sultanate Council, Alhaji Faruk Umar, reacting to the allegation said,
“The Sokoto State Government, concerned by lack of a befitting office and residential accommodation for use by officials and members of the Sultanate Council, approved within its capital estimates 2016 Supplementary Budget and 2017 Budget, the sum of N200m and N500 million respectively, provision and furnishing of of Sultanate Council office and residence in Abuja.”