Thursday, 16 February 2017
Dollars In Secret Bunker: Neighbours Mock Ex-NNPC Boss For Being Stingy
Residents of Zaria Road, Sabon Tasha, a poor suburb of Kaduna, have no sympathy for their rich neighbour who was hiding a whooping of $9.7million and 74,000 pounds in a local house.
Ms. Blessing, a widowed mother of five, said she knew Mr. Andrew Yakubu and had made several attempts to get him to support her small business financially.
“His boys will tell me come today, come tomorrow. Asheh plenti dollar dey for the house. Na wah ooo, rich people wicked oo!"
When a PT reporter visited the area on Tuesday, residents generally expressed shock and outrage over the discovery in their neglected community.
Many of the interviewees spoke in a mixture of English and pidgin.
Grace John, a teacher, first directed her anger at petty criminals she said terrorise ordinary residents of the area instead of going after the likes of the former NNPC boss.
“There is a street nicknamed ‘Black Street’ in this community. There is no kind of crime that does not happen there. Why is it that they didn’t discover that house where this money was hidden?
“They should have gone there instead of breaking into the homes of innocent people who struggle everyday to survive the harsh economy caused by people like Andrew Yakubu”.
She could not restrain her disgust for the man.
“The man is wicked. I pray that nemesis will continue to catch up with his likes,” Ms Grace said, snapping her fingers.
On her part, Ms. Blessing Luka, a fruit hawker, pointed morosely at the irony of the discovery in a neighbourhood she said is without water, good road and hospital, and has a large number of unemployed and vulnerable youth.
“Yet, the money that would have been used to solve these problems and many other social and economic problems were stolen by one corrupt person and hidden under our nose”, she fumed.
“Wetin pain me be say this man for give me N10,000 to use am sell orange take feed my children and pay for their school fees and house rent before government collect everything!”