Activist gets invited by DSS for exposing multi-billion naira fraud

Department of State Services, DSS summons human rights activist and Kaduna-based businessman, Muhammad Mahdi Shehu for exposing a multi-billion naira fraud
Emeh Joy

The Department of State Services has summoned a human rights activist and Kaduna-based businessman, Muhammad Mahdi Shehu who reportedly exposed a N52bn security votes fraud in Katsina.

According to SaharaReporters, the invitation came just a few hours after a closed-door meeting between the Director-General of DSS, Magaji Bichi and Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Inuwa.

The activist, Shehu, is scheduled to appear at the agency's headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

It was reported that in July, Shehu had petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to Investigate Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State for alleged misappropriation and misapplication of over N52bn which was spent as security vote in the state from June 2015 to April 29, 2020.

Shehu said that while Katsina was battling with insecurity, the Masari administration was spending hundreds of millions of naira on frivolities.

He (Shehu) asked for the resignation of Governor Masari and the sack of Inuwas as SSG while adding that the Katsina State Government spent N24bn on security from funds it withdrew from two bank accounts in UBA and Fidelity without due process, from 2015 to 2019.

Shehu had also alleged that the N684m was spent in four years under the Masari administration to pay police officers guarding Lambar Rimi.

He added that the sum of N500m was withdrawn to purchase mobile phones and another N870m withdrawn to purchase another set of phones for security personnel attached to the Government House.

"Let me also draw your 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", the petition partly read.

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