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Permanent Secretary Enmeshed in N48bn fraud in 2018 budget

The Permanent Secretary of Science and Technology, Dr Mohammed Bello has been enmeshed in N48 billion fraud when he was in Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development.

The shocking fraud was revealed in the document obtained by our correspondent as the Head of Service , Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan gave the Permanent Secretary 72 hours to explain why he mismanaged the fund despite the release .

According to the query, in spite of budgetary release of the sum of N98.4 billion in 2018, which represent 99.44 percent of the 2018 appropriation act , you did not take necessary action to pay eligible contractors which led the Ministry having liability an outstanding not contractual in the sum of N48. 2 billion.

The Head of Service in the query added that under his leadership as Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Agriculture, the Accounting Officer under him used the first quarter releases of N7 billion to pay for contracts debt despite the provisions in the 2018 budget for the contract .

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