In a shocking turn of events, the Office of the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State is embroiled in an alleged theft scandal involving an undisclosed amount of US Dollars. The Deputy Governor, Dr Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, has reportedly issued an ultimatum for the return of the stolen funds, estimated to be equivalent to N20 million.
Sources close to the deputy governor, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed that the incident occurred before the Christmas break and allegedly involves two security aides and a Protocol Officer in the deputy governor’s office. The stolen funds, reported to be in foreign currency, were purportedly intended for foreign investors interested in Lithium mining in Nasarawa State.
The unnamed aide disclosed that the security aides and the protocol officer are suspected to have conspired to steal the money, distributing it among themselves. The security aides allegedly used the major share to purchase a vehicle and a motorcycle, while the protocol officer reportedly used his share, amounting to N3.5 million, to acquire a house.
The stolen funds were left in a bag at the deputy governor’s office after a meeting involving three companies engaged in a mining rights dispute over sites in Nasarawa Local Government Area. Speculations suggest that the motive behind leaving the money in the deputy governor’s office was to potentially set him up in a bribery scandal, tarnishing his image for refusing to compromise or fulfill certain requests.
Upon discovering the alleged theft, Deputy Governor Akabe initiated an independent investigation, which reportedly confirmed the involvement of the three individuals. The suspects have allegedly confessed to the crime, detailing how the stolen money was divided among them.
In response, the deputy governor has given the suspects an ultimatum to return the stolen funds in dollars, with the intention of returning it to the rightful owner, believed to be the foreign investors in the Lithium mining project. The matter is currently under the purview of concerned security authorities.
The two security aides implicated in the incident are affiliated with the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).