By Ankeli Emmanuel (Sokoto)
A Chartered Accountant, Sani Muhammad & Co, has dragged the Sokoto State Government to Court over his unpaid 20 percent of the N8.8billion he recovered for the State after painstakingly carrying out audit taxes of all federal MDAs in the State.
Sani Muhammad was engaged by the Sokoto State government in a letter of appointment dated 19/7/2017 and duly signed by the then Commissioner for Finance, Saidu Umar, to audit taxes of all federal MDAs in Sokoto State.
Part of the appointment letter reads: "Your consideration fee will be 20% of any amount recovered or generated through your efforts, while the State has approved a commitment fee as requested in your proposal".
After swinging into action, Sani Muhammad & Co was said to have recovered eight billion, eight hundred million nairas (8.8bn) from the federal MDAs which was paid into the State Government account in March 2019.
By the recovery of N8.8bn, Sani Muhammad & Co's 20 percent as agreed was supposed to be one billion, seven hundred and sixty million nairas only (1,760 000,000.00).
Regrettably, however, the Sokoto State government refused to keep its side of the agreement as only fifty million nairas (50,000,000.00) was paid to the Chartered accountant.
Sani Muhammad & Co-wrote a final reminder to the State government on 4/9/2019. Angered by the nonresponse, Sani Muhammad & Co approached the Court on 19/11/2020 in suit no, SS/ 618/2020 to demand for his payment. The State government, however, through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, opted for an out-of-court settlement.
Presiding over the case at the State High Court 3, the presiding Judge M.U Dogon Daji frowned that the case has had 4 adjournments since 21/1/2021 hence awarding a hundred thousand naira (100,000.00) against Sokoto State government (respondent) before adjourning to 16/9/2021 for definite hearing. NNL.