Fear has gripped Adamawa State government officials as officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, stormed Yola, and whisked away Abba Jimeta, Chief of Staff to Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla.
Abba Jimeta, who also served as the Chief of Staff to former Governor Murtala Nyako, whose property on Karewa Road, opposite Bekaji Housing Estate were sealed off by EFCC, is alleged to have been arrested to explain all he knows about N2.88 billion said to have been used for the renovation of Yola International Hotel awarded since Murtala Nyako’s regime.
According to sources, contract for the project had had upward reviews almost three times, and payment were done in nine instalments where the government then paid up to N2.664 billion and was left with the balance of N204 million.
“But when Jibrilla’s administration came on board, the contract was again reviewed upward, under the supervision of ministry of culture and tourism,” said a government source that did not want to be named.
Efforts to get EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, proved abortive as his GSM lines SIMs did not connect.