There’s a time-tested perception within the indispensable function of statesmen in constructing a peaceable and virile society. This is as a result of they mix the function of societal ethical shock absorber and rallying level for excellence. It is what has been missing within the historical past of Zamfara State since its creation 26 years in the past.
There is a have to revisit the management query in Zamfara. The Zamfara paradox is that leaders anticipated to play the function of statesmen who ought to function the ethical fiber of the society and busy vandalising and terrorising the state’s treasury.
For the document, in 2021, one of many Financial Monitoring Institutions in Nigeria flagged the transaction of the Permanent Secretary of the Zamfara State Government House as a suspicious transaction. It was reported that on the fifteenth of January 2021, the Perm. Sec. had dubiously unusually made a number of money withdrawals utilizing a Zenith Bank with account quantity 1014656551.
Documents out there uncovered how the Ex-Perm. Sec. Abubakar Mohammed Barmo used a number of strategies to siphon funds from the Zamfara State treasury by conniving with some people – Surajo Abubakar, Abubakar Mohammed, Nasiru Abubakar, and Abubakar Wakili. There is the chance that the looted funds have been diverted into money intensive and cash providers. Huge Cash withdrawals with none financial justification are a pink flag, contemplating the nation’s state of affairs, particularly Zamfara State.
How can a sane individual dwell into a number of money withdrawals from the state’s treasury? For occasion, on the third of December 2020 and ninth of December, 2020 money withdrawals totaling N30,000,000 (Thirty million naira solely) for every day have been acquired, and the client claimed the money withdrawals have been for administrative expenditures of the workplace of Perm. Sec. of the Zamfara State Government House.
The Ex-Permanent Secretary, Abubakar Mohammed Barmo, was among the many signatories. He holds the standard title of “Dan Galadiman Marafa”. It was additionally uncovered that he’s an in depth affiliate of the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle.
To defend him from monetary misdoings, Barmo was later transferred from the workplace of the Governor to the Ministry of Local Government Affairs on the twenty fifth of August, 2021. This is a person that a number of NGOs have been linked to, which embody Alhaji Abubakar Muh’d Barmo Foundation In Support Of Matawalle; Dodo Women Intervention Foundation, and Muhammadu Sharu Mso Organisation. In August 2021, He was among the many delegation that visited the Governor to commend him on his efforts within the combat in opposition to banditry and kidnapping.
The monetary doc has revealed that from twentieth April 2020 to eleventh January 2021, there have been a complete of 165 transactions totaling N2,761,319,715 (Two billion, seven hundred and sixty-one million, 300 and nineteen thousand, seven hundred and fifteen naira solely) and 6 suspicious transactions.
More to it’s that the whole deposits from the forex transaction accounted for 56% amounting to N1,572,368,155 (One Billion, 5 hundred and seventy-two million, 300 and sixty-eight thousand, 100 and fifty-five naira solely). The whole withdrawals from the forex transaction accounted for 43% amounting to N1,188,951,560 (One Billion, 100 and eighty-eight million, 9 hundred and fifty-one thousand, 5 hundred and sixty naira solely).
It is pertinent to notice that the foremost deposits to the Zenith Bank account 1014656551 related to the workplace of the Perm. Sec. Zamfara Government House was from the Ministry of Finance, Zamfara State Accountant General, FAAC Account, and Zamfara State Gov’t VAT Account.
Furthermore, it’s attention-grabbing to know that Surajo Abubakar, Abubakar Mohd, Nasiru Abubakar, and Abubakar Wakili have been the signatories of the account linked to the Permanent Secretary, Government House Zamfara State and likewise signatories to the Office of the Chief of Staff, Government House Account, Zamfara State.
It was uncovered that Surajo Abubakar, Abubakar Mohd, Nasiru Abubakar, and Abubakar Wakili have been among the many major beneficiaries of funds from the account. Their sample of transactions was extremely indicative of cash laundering. This is as a result of 90% of withdrawals have been by way of money.
Between eighth January 2020 to twelfth March 2020, there have been 20 money withdrawals totaling N180,034, 500.00 (One hundred and eighty million, thirty-four thousand, 5 hundred naira solely) in favour of Nasiru Abubakar. Analysis revealed a sample whereby instantly funds have been deposited into the account, there might be money withdrawals totaling N30,000,000 (Thirty million naira solely) by self in 3 tranches of N10,000,000 (Ten million naira solely).
Between 14th May 2020 to seventh January 2021 there have been 56 withdrawals totaling N245,713,370 (Two hundred and forty-five million, seven hundred and 13 thousand, 300 and seventy naira solely) by Surajo Abubakar by way of money withdrawals. He was the very best beneficiary of money withdrawals from the account.
In October, 2020, there was a complete money withdrawal of N39, 282,000 (Thirty-nine million, 2 hundred and eighty-two thousand naira solely) made by Surajo Abubakar. His transaction sample was money structured in three tranches of N10, 000,000 (Ten million naira solely) month-to-month.
Between seventh April 2020 to ninth September 2020, there have been 44 (forty-four) outflows totaling N212,266,575.00 (Two hundred and twelve million, 2 hundred and sixty-six thousand, 5 hundred and seventy-five naira solely) by Abubakar Wakili executed by way of money withdrawals. He was the second highest beneficiary of the money withdrawals from the account. It was revealed that Wakili was additionally withdrawing in money with none financial justification. The majority of his money withdrawals have been in tranches of N10, 000,000 (Ten million naira solely)
Between third December 2020 to eleventh January 2021, there was a complete money withdrawal of N130,000, 000 (One hundred and thirty million naira solely) made by Abubakar Mohammed.
These heart-touching money withdrawals are posing a major menace to Zamfara State. This is a State with the very best stage of insecurity, an academic system at a essential stage of whole collapse, and devastating healthcare amenities and infrastructure. Yet, authorities officers anticipated to function gatekeepers are getting used as a conduit pipe to launder cash.
* Mafara is the chairman, Zamfara Alternative Forum.