The Accountant-General of Kebbi State, Mohammed Dakingari, was on Friday sentenced to 70 years in prison by a Court of Appeal sitting in Birnin-Kebbi, the state capital.
He had been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged M1.6 billion fraud before a Kebbi State High Court which discharged and acquitted him.
EFCC appealed and the lower courts decision was upturned.
He is to serve seven years on each count.
EFCC’s investigations at the Corporate Affairs Commission showed that Mohammed Bashir Mohammed, Anwal Sadat and Nasir Mohammed, all sons of the Accountant-General, and two of his brothers – Abdullah Mohammed and Habibu Mohammed – are directors of the company.
The construction company operates two accounts at EcoBank and Unity Bank with Dakingari and Yusuf as signatories to the accounts.
The EFCC discovered that Dakingari had two signatures, one in his official capacity as Accountant-General of the state and the other as the owner of Beal Construction Company Limited.
In a statement on its Facebook page, EFCC said, “Analysis of the accounts revealed a total credit of N1.3bn between May 2012 and September 2013, with most of the receipts coming from the Office of the Accountant-General and the state Ministry of Finance.
“Some of the contracts executed for the state for which Beal Construction Company received huge payments included the supply of furniture to 66 secondary schools in Kebbi State valued at N987m; the connection of water and drainage system at Kebbi Central Mosque valued at N110m and the building and partitioning of Mohammed Maira Secondary School valued at N247m.”