Yes it did happen. According to the report, the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magataka Wamakko gave N17million to the PHCN manager in charge of a substation in his hometown to buy a new transformer, cables and other things, and when the man didn't deliver, the governor invited him to his house and flogged him with a horsewhip.
A statement from the acting MD of PHCN, Kaduna, when you continue...
“On Saturday, October, 20, our business manager, Gwiwa Business Unit, So-koto State, Moses Osigwe, was invited by Governor Aliyu Wamakko to his personal residence, over the issue of lack of power supply to his hometown, Wamakko, as a result of a failed 2.5MVA transformer.
“He accused Osigwe of deliberately denying his community, Wamakko, of power supply. As the business manager was trying to explain to him, the governor just brought out a horse whip and lashed him,” Adamu said.
According to him, the governor also invited two other members of staff, Isyaku Daura, Officer 2 (Electrical) and Nuru-ddeen Mohammed, Staff 1 (Lines) and ordered his mobile policemen to beat them up.