Former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Umar Fintiri may soon be facing prosecution as findings emerging from the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC investigations have indicted the Speaker of the State House of Assembly of misappropriation of several millions of naira within the three months he was at the helm of affairs of the State.
Investigations by The Street Journal revealed that the embattled Fintiri engaged in spending spree immediately he was sworn in as acting Governor following the impeachment of former Governor, Murtala Nyako by the State House of Assembly.
Impeccable sources in the presidency confided in The Street Journal that Fintiri engaged in unbridled corrupt practices as he awarded contracts worth several billions of naira to friends and cronies without following due process. It was further gathered that the Speaker allegedly awarded a N4.5billion rural electrification contract to his wife.
It was gathered that the contract which failed due process procedure did not go through any public tender board before it was awarded to the former Acting Governor’s wife. It was learnt that communities specified as beneficiaries of the electrification contract could hardly be traced. It was further gathered that some of the communities have no access road that can lead to them for authentication.
‘’Many of the villages in the Fintiri’s electrification contact cannot be traced as they have no access road that can enable people to get there for proper authentication’’, said our source.
According to investigations, Fintiri engaged in spending spree shortly after he became Acting Governor. It was learnt that the Speaker ordered the purchase and distribution of Toyota Prado SUVs to the 21 local government areas in the State. Our source further disclosed that Fintiri allegedly gave N5 million each as upfront maintenance cash to the Council chairmen.
‘’what have the local council chairmen done to deserve those booty’’, our source asked rhetorically, stressing that ‘’we compensate the local government council chairmen with cash and SUVs for the hardship the rebuilding of burnt houses, churches , mosques and schools on their subjects with no consideration at all for the direct victims of insurgency in the State’’, he said.
It was also learnt that an undisclosed large sum of money was allegedly given to some members of the State House of Assembly, the primary constituency of Fintiri before the impeachment of Nyako and controversial resignation of the then deputy governor, James Ngilari who was last week sworn in as Governor by the order of the Federal High Court, in Abuja.
Ironically, Fintiri, during his maiden state broadcast to the people of Adamawa State as Acting Governor, said that never in the history of the state had such executive stealing and institutionalized corruption been elevated to the level of statecraft like the past Nyako’s administration
He said: “The high level of mindless plundering of the State Treasury, the shameless and outrageous “Executive Stealing” that took place was on a scale far worse than the ravages that the insurgents had perpetrated in the North-east.”
Immediately, Fintiri was sworn in acting capacity he recruited two technocrats as members of his kitchen cabinet. Prof Liman Tukur, was appointed as the Secretary to Adamawa State Government (SSG), while Professor Maxwell Gidado (a law professor) as Chief of Staff.
The two academics, it was gathered, have been relieved of their positions alongside about 50 special assistants and advisers recruited by Fintiri in spite of the accompanying huge overhead on account of the beleaguered State following the swearing in of Ngilari as substantive Governor to complete the four year- term of Nyako.
To further compound Fintiri’s woes however, and open the floodgate of imminent trials, indications from Adamawa state house of Assembly show that 17 of the 25 members of the Adamawa state House of Assembly are set to impeach the man who recently returned as speaker of the assembly.
The lawmakers are allegedly aggrieved because Fintiri reneged on the agreement held prior to the impeachment of the former state Governor, Murtala Nyako, and the impromptu resignation of his deputy, Bala James Ngillari, to pave the way for him to rule the state.
Another ground for impeachment is the fact that Fintiri and Ngillari come from the same town.
They noted that it is unconstitutional for the speaker and the governor to come from the same zone, let alone the same town.