Kano — The Kano State Government has dismissed six of its officials, including three directors over an alleged fraud.
Commissioner for Land and Physical Planning, Alhaji Muhammed Yahaya, confirmed the dismissal in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.
He said the affected officials were found guilty of inflating money meant for the payment of compensation to owners of lands acquired by the government for development projects.
He said that the officials were staff of the state’s Urban Planning and Development Agency and the Survey Department in the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning.
“The offence was committed some years ago and had been found to be behind several illegal buildings in the state.
“It is true that three directors and three officials of the Survey Department were found to have inflated the actual money meant for the payment of compensation to land owners.”
Yahaya said that the officials had submitted a report which was found to be suspicious and the government ordered an investigation.
“For example where they were expected to pay N5m as compensation, they inflated it to N50 million and where it is N6m they paid N60 million.”