The purchase of N700 million residence for the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar in Abuja followed due process, the Sokoto State Government said yesterday.
The government was responding to the alleged interrogation of the Chief of Staff to the Sultan, Alhaji Kabiru Tafida by the EFCC on Tuesday and Wednesday over a suspicious transfer of N700 million into his account from the Sokoto State government account.
But the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Media and Publicity Imam Imam said in a statement that the N700million was for the “provision and furnishing of Sultanate Council office and residence in Abuja.” .
He said the funds were captured under the state capital estimates of 2016 supplementary budget and 2017 budget. EFCC sources said they were trying to establish why the funds were channelled through the personal account of the Sultan’s senior aide. .
The Secretary to the Sultanate Council, Alhaji Faruk Umar, said, “The Sokoto State Government, concerned by lack of a befitting office and residential accommodation for use by officials and members of the Sultanate Council, approved within its capital estimates 2016 Supplementary Budget and 2017 Budget, the sum of N200m and N500 million respectively, provision and furnishing of of Sultanate Council office and residence in Abuja.”