By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara state governor, Dr Bello Mohammed on Friday recovered N282.5 million belonging to the state from the Assets Management Cooperation of Nigeria (AMCON).
A statement by the Director of Press Affairs, Government House Gusau, Alhaji Yusuf Idris Gusau said the money was refunded to the State Government through a letter and cheques presented to the governor.
Receiving the cheques from AMCON’s Inter Governmental Relations Officer, Mr Saad Ahmed in Kano on Friday, governor Bello Mohammed assured that his administration will continue to revisit all auctions made on Zamfara State Government properties with a view of recovering all funds that were wrongly or illegally deducted from the state by Banks, Companies or AMCON.
Mohammed said the refunds made to the State by AMCON is a positive response to the letter which he earlier sent to the Cooperation requesting it to refund the said amount to the state because the money realised from the sales of the State Government assets was more than the debts.
He promised to continue pursuing all the auctioned properties until all the funds are recovered.
The governor wondered over the way and manner Government assets were auctioned under the previous administration due to its failure to repay debts.
The Director of Press Affairs said the letter by AMCON dated August 16, addressed to the State governor jointly signed by the corporation’s Inter Governmental relations officer, Mr Saad Ahmed and head of legal department Mr Albert Nwanzie is titled ‘Re-Refunds of excess funds recovered following court judgement in AMCON VS BRIGHTWAY mining and minerals Ltd and 2 others- Suit No FHC/GS/CS/2014 forwarding of original drafts’.
Gusau added the letter by AMCON also gave the details of the money recovered by governor Bello Mohammed.
“Please find attached the following 29 original drafts totalling 282,525,547,38 in respect of refunds to Zamfara State Government on the settlement sum received in respect of liquidation of the debt of Brightway Mining and Minerals Ltd to AMCON”, the letter in parts.