The former Special Adviser in charge of Katsina SURE-P fund, Nasiru Ingawa, yesterday told the state’s commission of enquiry that he delivered various sums of money in cash to former governor Ibrahim Shema. Speaking before the commission, Ingawa said since his swearing in as pioneer adviser on SURE-P, the former governor ordered him that the SURE-P funds are to be used for empowerment programs and political activities.
“Shema told me in his office that all activities of the SURE-P are to be executed through direct purchase and in cash,” Ingawa said.According to him, Shema had at one time queried him when the then permanent secretary (Government House) suggested that due process of tenders board be followed in purchasing some vehicles. Ingawa said many projects under the SURE-P were not executed and that funds from such projects were remitted to Shema at a designated place on his (Shema’s) orders. Meanwhile, at continuation of hearing yesterday, the special adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari on Budget, Abdullahi Imam told the commission that the former governor left about N4 billion in the SURE-P account.
He said the closing balance as at 1st June, 2016 were made up of N302 million and N3.5 billion at the local government and state SURE-P accounts.In his cross examination, the Director of Finance and Accounts at the SURE-P, Abdullahi Shinkafi admitted to making several cash withdrawal on the eve of handing over date.During the sitting, the chairman of the commission, Justice Muhammad Siraj, said from available records about 88 cash withdrawals were made in a single day from two banks namely Sterling and Fidelity.