By: Willy Punvwet,
Nasarawa State Government has confirmed that, it was the sum of N11. 7 Million that was stolen by armed robbers at the state’s Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning and not N100Million as is erroneously being carried by some Media organizations.
Speaking through the administration’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Dogo Shamah, the state government explained that, the robbers trailed the Ministry of Finance Staff, right from Access Bank, where they had gone to cash the money.
He said the robbers succeeded in escaping with the money when they started shooting sporadically on reaching the Ministry of Finance, which compelled everyone close to the scene to scamper for his or her life.
He said the money was meant to host a team from the Revenue, Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission which was due to visit the state as well as furnishing and refurbishing of offices and vehicles and not for the payment of casual workers as purported reported in some section of the media.
Mr. Dogo Shammah, however, pointed out that, the incidence has been reported to the security agencies and investigation has since commenced.
He called on Media organizations that have so far carried the misleading stories to retract same in the interest of the cordial working relationship that has since prevailed between the state government and Media practitioners in the state.
It would be recalled that within the week, some sections of media organizations went virile with News Reports of armed robbers carted away a whopping sum of N100Million Naira from the state ministry of finance and economic planning.