Diversion of Palliatives: Kano anti-graft Commission goes after LG chairmen

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

The Executive Chairman of Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Bar. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, has vowed to run after some local government chairmen in the state over alleged diversion of Covid-19 palliatives.

Rimin Gado who disclosed this recently, said his Commission has received many complaints from people that some Local Government Chairmen have allegedly diverting the palliatives for personal use.

According to him, his 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 his 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 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, hoped that all those involved in the distribution/management of the COVID-19 palliative materials in Kano State will be guided.”

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