From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
A solicitor, Aminu Usman has called on some group of people who issued a press statement alleging that he, and the government of Kebbi state siphoned government money and built houses at Abuja, to present their facts and documents to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to ascertain their claims.
A press statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday and signed by Usman, of the firm, Aminu Associates Solicitors , described the accusations as “a falsehood circulated by a clique of individuals, whose apparent ulterior motive is to create mischief in a calculated campaign of calumny targeted at my person and other persons named or unnamed in their press release”.
Aminu, who was one-time Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and acting Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in the state has been accused by some group of people that he purchased properties worth over one billion naira at Abuja, Kaduna, Sokoto and Port Harcourt. He, however, denied the entire allegations leveled against him, saying they could forward any evidence to the EFCC for further investigation.
‘’I am comforted by the fact that I have declared my assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), who have undertaken verification and investigation of my assets; the CCB has not asked or invited me to explain any assets that I own or belong to me which I failed to declare’’ the statement said.
Aminu stated that in 2007 he was away in Kampala, Uganda attending a conference/meeting and later at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while urging them to verify his visa with the appropriate immigration authorities, denying that he owned any Honda (Hala) 1996 model with Reg. No. AP 211 DKA, or a bullet-proof BMW 6.8 series worth N28million.
He then called on the people of Kebbi state to stir clear of such people who don’t have the interest of the state and Nigeria at heart, and are only desirous of creating problems in the society and tarnishing Nigeria’s democracy.