From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Investigating Panel on the allegations of gross misconduct against the Kogi state Deputy governor, Elder Simon Achuba has commenced hearing on Monday with some of the witnesses testifying.
The Secretary to the (Kogi) State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Ayoade-Arike, first entered the witness box to testify.
Others that testified included the Acting Director (Treasury), Office of the Accountant General, Mr. Elijah Ebinemi, who presented before the panel, evidence of alleged salaries/allowances payments, to the embattled deputy governor.
The certified true copies of the said payment was said to have covered between 2016 and 2017.
Also testifying was Saliu Hassan Itopa, Cashier, Office of the Deputy Governor.
The SSG under cross examination by lead counsel to Achuba, Jibrin Okutepa (SAN), among others alleged that the state deputy governor last turned up at the weekly state executive council meeting, in August 2018.
She said she was incompetent to issue query to the deputy governor, the latter being her boss.
She stated that while it is not under the schedule of the Office of the SSG to pay the salary of the deputy governor, all workers of the state, including the deputy governor, including his aides, have however been paid “up-to-date”.
Under cross examination by Mr. Anthony Adeniyi, lead counsel to state government, Itopa, the cashier in the office of the deputy governor, explained that allowances and other monies, including impress are paid direct into the bank accounts of those concerned.