ABUJA – Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Mohammed Bello has denied allegations of financial misconduct leveled against him in his last tour of duty at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan had in a query to Dr. Bello dated May 11, 2020, asked him to within 72 hours answer to allegations of buying an “uncompleted carcass” building for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the sum of N7 billion.
Bello was also accused, among others, of giving out seven deep drilling rigs for borehole procured at N1.3bn to some unnamed individuals under “fraudulent arrangements.” However, in his reply to the query dated May 14, a leaked copy of which was obtained by Vanguard, Bello said the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, and the Federal Executive Council actually gave approval for the purchase of the building. He described the allegations as “baseless, completely concocted, unfounded, without facts, malicious and calculated to deceive”, urging the Head of Service to “kindly note that we have been invited, interrogated and cleared by the EFCC and ICPC on this particular matter after glaring facts were presented to them”. Some of the allies of Dr. Bello at his former ministry also punctured the allegations, saying the man was first posted to the ministry on a rescue mission to clear the rot during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari.