Facts have emerged why the Bauchi State governor Bala Mohammed relieved the Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, twenty-one Commissioners and some Special Advisers of their duties on Wednesday, PlatinumPost can report.
PlatinumPost had reported that Mr Mohammed sacked the SSG, Chief of Staff and other members of his cabinet with immediate effect Wednesday.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mukhtar Gidado disclosed that those affected include the Secretary to the state government, Sabi’u Baba, the Chief of Staff, Dr Ladan Salihu, 21 Commissioners, and Special Advisers.
The governor who, however, retained four Special Advisers also directed that an inventory of all Government properties should be taken.
Mohammed directed the Commissioners hand over to their respective Permanent Secretaries.
He said the SSG, Chief of Staff, and affected Special Advisers, are to hand
He added that those not affected are “Special Adviser Security, Special Adviser National and State Assembly Liaison, Special Adviser Social Investment and Special Adviser Media and Publicity.
Although the governor didn’t give any reason for the massive sack, PlatinumPost learnt on good authority that it has to do with the ongoing investigation of the officials of the government by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over the purchase of vehicles.
A top official in the government who doesn’t want his identity revealed told our correspondent that the governor was irked by the conduct of the top official of his government in the way and manner they are handling the ongoing investigation by the anti-crime agency.
The EFCC had been investigating the circumstance surrounding the purchase of over 100 vehicles by the state government to the tune of over N6.5Billion.
PlatinumPost further gathered that the EFCC operatives stormed the state in a midnight raid recently and took away some of the vehicles including the official car of the governor, for an investigation, which was equally purchased under the contract in dispute.
The operatives spent the night in Bauchi for the operation without the knowledge of the governor.
They interrogated the SSG, other government officials involved in the ‘deal’
The governor who was shocked to the marrow the next morning when he was slated to attend an official engagement was told that his official vehicle is in the hand of the operatives.
Mr Mohammed who was visibly angry immediately summoned the SSG and to his consternation, the top official couldn’t offer any plausible reason why he couldn’t inform the governor about the presence of the operatives of the Commission in the state only to be embarrassed in such a manner.
PlatinumPost gathered that a petition allegedly orchestrated by the former Speaker House of Representative, Yakubu Gogara an erstwhile political ally of Mr Mohammed to the EFCC has unsettled the governor and his close aides.
The petitioner is seeking the investigation of the contract of the vehicles that were purchased and shared with officials and cronies of the governor at the detriment of the masses of the state.