The theft of millions of naira by unidentified individuals from the account department of the State Government House has been verified by the Katsina State Government.
In a Thursday interview on August 11, 2022; Alhaji Al-Amin Isah, the Director-General to the Governor on New Media, confirmed the occurrence.
Isah stated that some of the suspects were already in police custody and were being investigated; though he was unable to say how much money had been taken.
“Yes, it’s true that some money was alleged to have been stolen as you have asked. We have already reported the matter to the police for investigation. I can not tell you the exact figure now. But those in the best position will give you more updates, please,” he added.
However, sources familiar with what happened told Channels Television that the money stolen was in the sum of N31 million.
This is the second time such an incident is happening at the Katsina Government House.
In January 2020, a similar incident occurred. Unknown persons allegedly broke into the office of the former Secretary to the Government of Katsina State (SGS); Mustapha Inuwa, and made away with N16 million.
The office which is located at the State Secretariat was said to have been broken into in the night. Some suspects were arrested a day after in connection with the incident.
Those arrested included a security guard, and two government officials working at the SSG’s office.
Earlier in July 2022, Katsina State police announced that they were looking into the suspected theft of N61 million from a cashier at the office of Aminu Darma, the Secretary to the State Government.
He was allegedly injured in the arm by gunmen who ambushed him when he was travelling with three bags containing N61 million in cash.
The gunmen allegedly pursued Mr. Darma from the bank, but he allegedly continued driving when they attempted to pull him over near the Katsina Steel Rolling Company roundabout. Instead, he went back to the big metropolis, and the assailants kept pursuing his automobile.
When he finally lost control of the vehicle and ran into something, he was forced to come to a stop.
In reaction, the police said the cashier should not have in the first place withdrawn such a huge amount of money without a police escort.