Kebbi Accountant-General Sentenced to 70yrs in Prison Over N1.6bn Fraud

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured the conviction of Kebbi State Accountant-General, Mohammed Arzika Dakingari and others for their involvement in a N1.6billion fraud.

Court of Appeal, Kebbi Division, upturned the judgment of the State High Court which discharged and acquitted Dakingari on charges of conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence preferred against him and one other by the EFCC.

He, among other things used his office as Accountant-General, Kebbi State for personal enrichment to the tune of N1.6billion.

Dakingari was charged alongside Musa Yusuf, MD of Beal Construction Nigeria Limited; a company owned by him (Dakingari) and used in awarding various contracts to himself.

Dakingari’s stake in Beal Construction is contrary to civil service regulation which forbids officers from owning businesses.

Findings by the EFCC at the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, showed that Mohammed Bashir Mohammed, Anwal Sadat and Nasir Mohammed, all sons of the Accountant-General, are directors of the company (Beal Construction), while two of his brothers, Abduallahi Mohammed and Habibu Mohammed are the other two directors.

The construction company operates two accounts at EcoBank and Unity Bank with Dakingari and Yusuf as signatories to the accounts. 

Dakingari was discovered to operate with two signatures, one in his capacity as Accountant-General of the state and the other as owner of Beal Construction Company Limited.

Analysis of the accounts revealed a total credit of N1.3billion between May 2012 and September 2013, with most of the receipts coming from the Office of the Accountant-General and the Kebbi State Ministry of Finance.
Thus, the appellate court allowed the appeal by the EFCC, convicted and sentenced Dakingari to 7 years imprisonment each on 10 of the counts preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.

The sentence is, however, to run concurrently.