EFCC Arrests Sokoto Permanent Secretary
Mohammed Bello Abuakar’s mansion in Sokoto
On Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Mohammed Bello Abubakar, a Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education in Sokoto State.
Mr. Abubakar is currently undergoing interrogation regarding allegations of criminal enrichment and abuse of office at the agency.
Mr. Abubakar was picked up on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, by operatives of the commission following intelligence reports suggesting that he was living above his means.
Abubakar, who was appointed permanent secretary at the ministry of education in June 2012, had served in the same role for five years in the ministry of local government in the state.
EFCC agents said their initial investigations led them to a range properties including the grand mansion (where Mr. Abubakar currently resides) and a shopping complex.
Abubakar was also found to have purchased brand new 2012 models of a Mercedes Benz E-200, an Audi A-7 Sportback and GMC Sport Utility Vehicle all in 2012.
The Nigerian National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently named Sokoto state as the poorest state in Nigeria and some students granted overseas scholarship claimed the state government had not released their entitlements despite several claims to the contrary by the governor.
Mr Abubakar’s shopping mall