Two Years after WikkiTimes Report Exposing Corruption at REA, Tinubu Suspends Agency Boss

Over two years after WikkiTimes published an investigative report exposing how the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) projects were enmeshed in corruption for projects meant to be executed in Bauchi North, the agency’s managing director Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad and other top management staff have been suspended over an alleged N1.2 billion fraud.

“In 2017, the agency published on its website that out of the 59 different projects awarded in the northeast of Nigeria, to which Bauchi is part, 56 have been successfully completed and only three were ongoing.”

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For instance, the agency said of the 19 capital projects it awarded in 2017 in Bauchi State, 16 have been completed and three were ongoing.

Among the 19 capital projects awarded by the agency in Bauchi State in 2017 alone, 5 were domiciled at Gamawa, Udubo Gololo Federal constituency.”

The report further reads;

“Findings by WikkiTimes showed that servicing of distribution line from Bulkachuwa via Raga-Udubo-Zindiwa-Tarmasuma-Gamawa through Kore-Kubdia and the replacement of collapsed electric poles, insulators, cross arms and aluminium wires at Gamawa Federal Constituency, marked as completed on the website of the agency is untrue.”

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The investigation further revealed that different amounts of money were released for different projects by the REA, yet they were not executed.

Read full investigation here


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