Kano Council Chairmen Panic As Anti Graft Commission Investigates Fraud In Palliatives Distribution

May 11, 2020
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This may not be the best of times for some Local Government Chairmen in Kano state who have been accused of diverting Palliative materials made for the poorest of the poor, for personal use.

247ureports.com gathered that some of  the Council Chairmen have already been invited to clear their names before  the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.

The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Bar. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado confirmed  on Monday that members of the public have continued to launch complaints over the hanky  panky games being played by some Council Chairmen with the palliative materials.

He  revealed that the anti-graft agency may soon go after other Local Government Council chairmen in the state who have been fingered for allegedly diverting palliative materials entrusted in their care  to share to the needy.

Rimin Gado said his Commission has received a number of complaints from people that some Local Government Chairmen are allegedly diverting the palliatives for personal use.

He said his Eagle-eye men have been drafted to investigate the allegations, warning that those found wanting will be made to face the wrath of the law.

According to him, “this Commission has been receiving complaints against some Local Government Chairmen alleging diversion of the COVID-19 palliative materials for political patronage.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that one of the Local Government Chairman complained against have diverted the forms meant for the beneficiaries to his political party officials, the security agents and other people believed to be cronies and associates contrary to the guidelines which entails that no person earning salary/allowance or palliative committee member is eligible to receive the palliative relief materials.

“It is worthy of note that these palliative materials are donations from individuals and organizations aimed at reducing the suffering of the most vulnerable members of the society irrespective of their religion or political inclination hence, it is not in any way a personal property that can be used for political purposes.

“This Commission warns that anybody found to have engaged in this activity will face the wrath of the Law, because the act offends the provision of section 26 of the Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (As Amended) and that the commission has a legal duty under Section 9 and 15 of the Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (As Amended) to stop this ungodly trend.

“It is therefore hope that all those involved in the distribution/management of the COVID-19 palliative materials in Kano State will be guided.”

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