Police have arrested a director and cashier in the Office of the Secretary to the Katsina state Government Muhammed Inuwa, in connection with the disappearance of N16m from the office.
The duo were arrested after it was discovered that the office had been burgled by unknown persons who allegedly carting away the money at the weekend.
The office is located within the state secretariat complex at Dandagoro, Katsina.
It was revealed that the stolen money was part of the fund set aside for the May and June, 2019 allowances of the graduates engaged by the state government to teach in public schools under the S-Power Scheme.
The payment was supposed to commence on Monday, it was learnt.
All efforts made by our correspondent to reach spokesman for the police in the state, SP Gambo Isah, for comments were unsuccessful.
He neither answered our correspondent’s calls nor replied to his text message sent to him over the incident.
The Director of Media in the SSG’s office, Abdullahi Yaardua, also failed to reply to the text message sent to him over the matter.
He also failed to return our correspondent’s calls to his mobile phone.