I sold official vehicle to free wife, 2 kids from bandits –Ex-Sokoto LG boss

A former chairman of Gudu local government area of Sokoto state, Alhaji Bello Wakili Bachaka, has disclosed that he sold out his official vehicle monetised to him to pay bandits over N4 million ransom, for the release of wife and two of his children.

The former chairman gave the disclosure while testifying before the commission of enquiry constituted by Governor Ahmed Aliyu to investigate the sale and auction of government properties by the immediate past administration between 2015 and 2023.

The former chairman therefore urged the governor to consider their plight and pay off their outstanding furniture and severance allowances.

Bachaka told the commission that towards the end of their tenure in 2023, his beloved wife and two of his children were kidnapped and taken to the bush by gunmen making it inevitable for him to dispose the vehicle to free his family from their abductors

“Such was the situation which necessitated me to sell the monetized Toyota Hilux vehicle allocated to me as Chairman of Gudu local government to pay ransom to free my family,” he said.

Bachaka who appeared before the commission as a witness on memo 003, also revealed that the vehicle was monetised to him at the cost of over N4.2 million and the amount was said to have been deducted from his over N5 million total gratuity and severance allowances.

Other witnesses that appeared include Alhaji Bello Haliru Guiwa, chairman Wamakko local government; Alhaji Abdurrahman Suyidi, chairman Sokoto South local government; and Alhaji Aminu Aya, chairman of Gwadabawa local government area.

The commission after the appearances, adjourned to 15th of January for the remaining 3 witnesses to appear before it.

The Judicial Commission of Enquiry had on the Thursday sitting received 2 additional memos tagged “Memo 004 and Memo 005 for investigation of the activities of the Ministry of Animal Health & Forestry, and Ministry of Environment, respectively.