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DSS Invites Shehu For Exposing Katsina Govt Security Votes Fraud

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has summoned Muhammad Mahdi Shehu, a Kaduna-based businessman, who exposed a N52bn security votes fraud in Kastina State.

The DSS asked the human rights activist to appear at its headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

It was gathered that Shehu was invited after a meeting between the Director-General of the DSS, Magaji Bichi, and Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Inuwa.

Naija News recalls that Shehu had in a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) called for an investigation into the government of Aminu Masari over an alleged misappropriation and misapplication of over N52bn spent as security vote in the state from June 2015 to April 29, 2020.

He stated that while Katsina was battling with insecurity, the Masari-led government spent hundreds of millions of naira on frivolities.

According to the businessman, Masari spent N24bn on security from funds it withdrew from two bank accounts in Fidelity and UBA without due process from 2015 -2019.

Mahdi also alleged that N684m was spent in four years under the present administration to pay policemen guarding Lambar Rimi, adding that the sum of N500m was withdrawn to purchase mobile phones and another N870m used to buy another set of phones for security personnel attached to the Government House.

“Let me also draw your kind attention that by Friday, the 4th of July, 2020, all expenditure related accounting books and documents have been moved to the Government House. It will therefore not be a surprise if attempts will not be made to tamper with them.

“June 2015 to December 2015 – N809,098,210, 2016 – N3,629,189,460, 2017 – N7,880,836,508, 2018 – N24,137,364,725, 2019 – N12,735,698,345, 2020 – N3,494,682,000,” part of the petition reads.