Kano State branch of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has expressed displeasure over an allegation leveled against its members by the state anti-graft commission concerning diversion of COVID-19 palliative materials distribution.
The state’s Public Complaint and Anti-corruption Commission (PCACC) on Monday issued a press release in which its chairman claims that there have been petitions against the chairman of a local government alleging that he had cornered palliative materials for his political cronies.
The state ALGON reacted swiftly same day through its chairman, Alhaji Lamin Sani, saying its members will cease to participate in the distribution committee to show its displeasure over the allegation, while it would allow District Heads to take over the whole distribution effort.
ALGON’s issue with PCACC began with the alleged arrest of the Kumbotso local government council chairman, Alhaji Kabiru Panshekara who was reported by a Kano-based online publication to have been arrested on Saturday but who addressed pressmen later the same day to dispel his reported arrest.
Panshekara explained that he had gone to PCACC to narrate his dissatisfaction with the way the district head of Kumbotso was handling the palliative distribution. He denied diverting any palliative material and said there were lacunas in the way the committee was conducting its duty.
PCACC on Monday however did not confirm the arrest of Panshekara but threatened to prosecute any local government chairman found attempting to or actually diverting the relief materials which it said were contributions from individuals and organizations meant for the vulnerable in the state.
Unconfirmed reports have it that the commission has filed a suit before a Kano Magistrate’s Court against Panshekara, alleging criminal breach of trust and sundry offences.
ALGON responded by saying its members would not involve in any act that may hinder the state government’s effort to ease the sufferings that people face due to lockdowns occasioned by COVID-19.