There is “heavy looting” going on in Taraba state, a former Secretary
to the State Government (SSG), Amb. Emmanuel Njiwah alleged. Njiwah
who briefed reporters in Abuja, accused the Acting Governor Alhaji
Garba Umar of being corrupt. Njiwah and five commissioners and two
special advisers were sacked by Umar for allegedly mismanaging N400
million flood mitigating grant in July.
But the former SSG said he was removed because he refused to support
the acting governor, whom he said is desperate to become the substantive
governor. Njiwah said they have sued Umar over the sack.
deputy governor was the chairman of the committee,” he added. He alleged
that Umar masterminded the ongoing political impasse in the state in
order to plunder the state’s treasury.
“He said: Umar has betrayed the governor by scheming to take over power from him at all cost.
“He has become the number one enemy of Governor Danbaba Suntai because
he is trying to unseat him. “No one would have looted the state more
than this junta. Go and see the mess going on in the Bureau for Local
Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. The looting is unquantifiable.
“Garba Umar is looting heavily because he is over ambitious to be the
substantive governor. “He bribes anyone who is ready to listen to his
tales. I am an insider and I know what is going on. “Take the SURE-P funds, for instance; the money has all gone. “Where are the savings he claims to be
protecting? Njiwah said he has advised the financial crimes agencies to
look at the Taraba state treasury because Umar is looting the state dry.