Nigerian investigative journalist, Agba Jalingo has exposed some dirty secrets between the Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, the governor’s brother, Frank Ayade and the Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Bassey.
Agba Jalingo has claimed that the Cross River State Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Bassey was given double commissionership by the State Governor, Ben Ayade for a reason.
The activist who was recently arrested by the Lagos State Police command but was later released, accused Mfon Bassey of being used as a major conduit for siphoning Cross River State funds for Franko. Continuing, Jalingo said there is no smoke without fire.
“But there is a reason. There is no smoke without fire. Mfon Bassey is a major conduit for siphoning our State funds for Franko. He was arrested last year, 2021 by the EFCC in Uyo over some fraudulent financial transactions in State funds with UNITY BANK and detained at the Uyo office of the anti graft Commission. Franko and Governor Ayade frantically worked to get Mfon temporarily out of the hook”.
Read the full statement below:
Real Reasons Governor Ayade Gave Mfon Bassey Double Commissionership…
Mfon Bassey is the incumbent Cross River State Commissioner for Environment. In eight years, Calabar has not been as dirty and garbage packed as it has been under Mfon. Yet, governor Ayade recently asked him to also become supervising Commissioner over the Ministry of Agriculture. He has been rewarded with double commissionership for failing in his duty.
Cross River Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Bassey Is A Major Conduit For Siphoning Our State Funds for Franko — Agba Jalingo Exposes Ayade’s Dirty Secrets
But there is a reason. There is no smoke without fire. Mfon Bassey is a major conduit for siphoning our State funds for Franko. He was arrested last year, 2021 by the EFCC in Uyo over some fraudulent financial transactions in State funds with UNITY BANK and detained at the Uyo office of the anti graft Commission. Franko and Governor Ayade frantically worked to get Mfon temporarily out of the hook.
In the Agriculture Ministry where he will now supervise, there is a reason he was sent there. The ministry collects several taxes including two specific ones. The Livestock Sales Tax and the Agricultural Produce Sale Tax.
Before now, the ministry staff were remitting between N2.5million to N3million monthly from the livestock sales tax to government. The Ayade government later handed that role to a so called “consultant” who started remitting a little over N1million to government and has now finally handed that revenue sub head to his sister, Kate Ayade, who remits nothing at all to government. Thugs issue receipts and collect this money cash at check points across boundary posts in the State and hand the money over to the governor’s sister, Kate, for her personal use.
Same thing happens with the Agricultural Produce Tax, which is also handed over to Alami Ayade, another of the Governor’s sister.
These and several others are the reasons they can’t pick another person to replace the vacant commissioner position in the Agric ministry. They need a stooge who can continue to cover their tracks while it lasts.
They all know what I write is true but they can’t deal with it. They want to use security agents and non State actors to harass me up and down in futile attempts to intimidate me. It won’t work.
Citizen Agba Jalingo.