JUST IN: EFCC Recovers 324 Houses For Kano Pensioners

EFCC Recovers 324 Houses For Kano Pensioners

Recovers 324 Houses For Kano Pensioners

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The Zonal Command of the (EFCC) has handed over documents of recovered properties and 324 houses to Kano State pensioners.

According to the EFCC, the houses were fraudulently sold to cronies of two unnamed former governors of Kano State.

While handing over the documents of the 324 properties worth N4.1billion to the pensioners on Monday, the Abuja zonal commander of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, Adeniyi Adebayo, assured that the EFCC would continue to do its best to rid the nation of fraudulent practices.

Also, representatives of the Kano State Board, Alhaji Hassan Muhammed Aminu, Kubra Ahmad Bichi and Salisu Yakubu Abubakar, who received the documents on behalf of the workers and pensioners, expressed delight and joy with the EFCC for assisting them in recovering the houses.

EFCC spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, said the handing over of the houses followed a final forfeiture order granted by Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High sitting Abuja, after a successful investigations carried out by the anti-graft commission over a N4.1billion Pension Fund contributed by the pensioners to own houses, which was fraudulently denied them by two successive administrations in Kano State.

He said, “the commission investigated a petition by Concerned Kano State Workers and Pensioners of alleged misappropriation of pension funds in the state. Findings by the EFCC showed that the state entered into a tripartite agreement with the Kano State Pension Trust Fund to build housing estates for an aggregate sum of N41 billion out of which the Pension Trust Fund was to contribute N4.1billion.

“However, the contribution of the pensioners was used to build the houses in three estates located in Sheikh Ja'afar Mahmud Adam Bandirawo City, Sheikh Nasiru Kabara (Amana) city and Sheikh Khalifa Ishaq Rabiu City, all in Kano State and two former governors of the state fraudulently discounted and sold the houses to their cronies and associates, leaving the pension trustees with low budget and uncompleted houses.

“The EFCC stepped in and upon completion of investigation, filed for and acquired a final forfeiture order of the 324 properties to the Kano State Pension Fund Trustees.”

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