By Iro Dan Fulani
The acting governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has said that he would punish his predecessor, Murtala Nyako, who was impeached last month over allegations of misappropriation of N82 billion, to serve as a deterrent to others.
The acting governor said he would commence the process on Monday by setting up a panel to investigate the allegations.
Fintiri, who spearheaded Nyako’s removal while he was Speaker of the State House of Assembly, said during a stakeholders’ meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Yola, Adamawa State, that the setting up of the panel is to punish Nyako for his misdeeds and to serve as a deterrent to any leader with insatiable lust to steal public funds.
He explained that the task of the panel is to unravel all acts of financial fraud which took place under the Nyako-led administration and to recover all government monies stuffed in private accounts back to the state.
“The main reason of instituting the panel is for the government and the people of Adamawa to be able to recover the stolen resources of the state so that they can be put to better use. We are going to ensure that all Adamawa funds in private accounts are retrieved back into the state coffers,” he said.
He promised to also ensure that all properties acquired with the state’s resources for private use are also recovered, adding that all the previous accounts operated by the previous regimes will be collapsed into one.
While promising to be fair in the use of the state’s resources, the acting governor said his main mission in government was to ensure that the state is repositioned with a view to restore its lost glory.
Fintiri added that his administration will also ensure that only people oriented policies are implemented.