This is just why most government jobs are poorly done and they collapse within few months or even weeks; the man who is giving out the contract usually will collect a large part of the money through the back door.
The EFCC has presented more witnesses in the trial of ex-governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa, his two sons, Aminu and Mustapha, and two others before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal high courth in Abuja.
They are being prosecuted on a 27 counts bordering on the abuse of office and money laundering.
Prosecution witness, Micheal Wetkas, an oprative of the EFCC, who testified as PW18, said Lamido, his sons and cohorts received kickbacks from contractors in billions.
He told the court that investigations into the alleged fraud started in 2007 through to 2015.
He said, “We discovered that Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company,
which executed over 21 contracts (for the Jigawa State Government)
totalling almost N30bn, had paid over N1bn into the accounts of Speeds
International Limited and Bamaina Holding Company – both accounts whose
sole signatory is Alhaji Sule Lamido.”
However,the witness added that N100m was paid into the bank account of Speeds
International Ltd., believed to be owned by Mustapha, a son of the
The money was paid under the pretext that it was meant for the payment of a subcontractor.
Wetkas added, “Investigations also revealed that about N100m of third
party cheques were cleared into the Access Bank Account of Speeds
International Ltd., where Mustapha Sule Lamido is a signatory.
“These revelations resulted in the invitation of the Managing
Director of Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company, one Mr. Udo, to the
commission, where Udo claimed that the monies paid were for
sub-contracts awarded by Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company to the
defendants’ companies for supplies of bitumen, diesel and steel iron
rods – construction consumables used by the company.
“A close inspection of Dantata and Sawoe’s electronic records,
physical books, financial statements, consumable journals, and waybills
by the investigators and the forensic team revealed discrepancies which
could not be explained.”
The case is still going on with more witnesses to testify with evidences.