Sacked Umar Ready To Testify Against Adamawa Governor Over N580m Vehicles Purchased By Him

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The sacked director general of the
Adamawa State Public Procurement Bureau, Abba Umar, has said he is ready to testify
against Governor James Ngilari, who sacked him, arrested and detained him for
doing his job by questioning how the funds for some projects were utilised. While
speaking with journalists over the phone, Umar said he is ready to testify
against his administration;
“I am ready to testify before EFCC
if called to do so on the government contracts awarded in contravention of
public procurement law and how I queried such contracts leading to my sack,
arrest and detention on the orders of the government for doing my job,” he
said.

He explained how he queried
contracts that did not follow due process such as the purchase of 50 Hilux vans
at the cost of N400m and two bullet proof SUVs at the cost of N180 million.
Other contracts he questioned included the printing of calendar and diaries,
revitalization of the state television, printing of account books for local
governments and development areas, procurement of official vehicles for
commissioners and installation of street lights in some streets of Yola amongst
others.
The Adamawa House of Assembly have
however called on the state government to reinstate the sacked director and
also called on EFCC to look into the matter, but Ngilari’s administration is
yet to call the sacked director back.

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