From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi State Police Command has launched investigation into the alleged diversion of N69million meant for the rehabilitation of eleven tourist sites by the former commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the state, Paul Ebije.
The Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, DSP, Williams Aya while confirming the development, said that investigation into the matter was on to unravel those behind the missing funds.
DAILY ASSET gathered that the former commissioner has been ordered to account for the alleged missing fund during his tenure in the ministry, a matter that has now become an issue that would have to be unravelled by men of the Criminal Investigation Department, Kogi State Police Command.
As at press time, all heads of department of the ministry and the immediate past permanent secretary of the ministry have been invited for questioning over the missing funds and were seen at the Command headquarters of the Nigerian Police.
The HoDs who are all gripped by fear following the invitation and arrest, however, feigned ignorance as to the way the money developed wings, as many of them claimed not to be in the know of the amount allegedly diverted.
The administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello has never hidden his disdain for corrupt officials, and has constantly dealt heavy blows on those found wanting.
The matter according to a source came up following a petition by an insider of the ministry.