Some unknown persons suspected to be thieves have reportedly invaded the Katsina State Government House and stole N31 million.
Naija News gathered that the thieves allegedly broke into the government house on Sunday, 31 July and carted away the said amount.
It is understood that it is the second time such theft is happening at the government house. In 2020, N16m was reported stolen from the office of the Secretary of Government of the State (SGS).
Following the theft, the state government arrested two government officials at the SGS office and a security guard.
A source, who wants anonymity, told Premium Times that the thieves entered the office of the Financial Controller of the Government House and took the money kept in a sack.
The source asserted that the theft occurred at night when the Financial Controller, Salisu Batsari, was at the office.
“I didn’t see the CCTV footage but you know it’ll be part of what the police will request. But I heard that the footage revealed a man wearing a face mask getting into the office through a half-shut window,” he said.
He also disclosed that the financial controller and some of his staff as well as some security officers that were on duty were arrested in connection with the theft.
The source, however, revealed that the officials were subsequently released.
“When on Monday the State government found out about the theft, it quickly involved the police and an investigation was launched. The FC (financial controller) and some of his staff as well some security officers that were on duty on a fateful day were invited by the police for questioning,” he said.
Confirming the incident, Al Amin Isa, spokesman to Governor Aminu Masari, said that the matter has been reported to the police but refused to give details of the money taken.
He added that the state government and the police are investigating the theft and the culprits would be punished accordingly.
Isa said when the first theft occurred, the government took measures to avert a reoccurrence but the theft has happened again.