Alleged financial impropriety: Group threatens to drag ex-council chairman to EFCC

A group under the aegis of ‘Save Nassarawa Local Government, in Kano state, has appealed to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to direct the state Anti Corruption Agency to institute investigation into the alleged financial misappropriation of the immediate past Chairman of the LGA, Lamin Sani.

A statement by the Secretary of the Group, Murtala ‘Yan-Kaba and issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, said available records at their disposal indicated that the former council boss had during his tenure allegedly embazzled millions of Naira through shoddy contracts and other fraudulent means which contravened financial regulations.

“During the tenure of the immediate past Chairman of Nassarawa Local Government, Lamin Sani, the state government approved huge amount of money to the Local Government for the purchase of medical equipment for distribution to some health facilities across the LGA

“But to our greatest surprise and the available records before us, Chairman Lamin Sani siphoned the monies for personal use and was able to purchase only seven Scanner Machines which could not be used as all the Cameras in the Machines were faulty; leaving the Scanner Machines redundant.

“In addition, the immediate past Chairman of the LGA had during his tenure personalised government property; including vehicles and other logistics.

“For instance, Lamin Sani gave his biological son a Toyota Camry ’94 model belonging to Nassarawa Local Government without due process and was later stolen from the son which Lamin remained mute up to the time he left office.

“It is against these atrocities and many others we are ready to substentiate before Kano Anti Corruption Agency if the need arises, and appeal to Govenorn Abdullahi Ganduje to as a matter of urgency direct investigation into the scandal in line with his administration’s policy of transparency, accountability and zero tolerance to corruption,” said the group.

According to the group, they resolved to use this medium in channelling their grievances in the spirit of loyalty, solidarity, patriotism and strong belief in the ability of Governor Ganduje’s administration in getting to the root of the matter and the defaulter dealt with.

“However, should the matter be handled with kid gloves, the Coalition will have no option than to file a formal complaint to the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

“While reiterating our continued support and cooperation to Governor Ganduje’s administration, we are equally calling on the government not to consider Lamin Sani for any appointment until this matter is resolved to restore the confidence of the teeming populace of the LGA.

“We, therefore, advice the incumbent Chairman, Auwalu Shu’aibu Aramposu to trade with caution when dealing with his predecessor to avoid falling a victim,” insisted the group.

When contacted, the former council Chairman, Lamin Sani denied all the allegations, saying that “I was not given any money to purchase drugs.”

He challenged the group to come up with a proof on the allegations levelled against him.

“Let the group bring evidence that I committed the offences they are accusing me of,” he said.

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