Assembly recommends commissioner’s prosecution over alleged 72 missing tractors
The Niger State House of Assembly has recommended the prosecution of the state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Alhaji Kabir Abbas, over the alleged disappearance of 72 tractors belonging to 25 local government council areas
The recommendation is contained in an Ad hoc committee report of the Assembly presented by its chairman, Mr Malik Madaki (APC), at plenary on Wednesday in Minna.
Also recommended for prosecution after being fingered in the alleged deal is the contracting firm, Dogara-ga-Allah Ventures.
The committee was set up in June following a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance , to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged missing tractors.
Presenting the report before the Assembly, Madaki, who is also the member, representing Bosso Constituency, said the commissioner had flagrantly displayed incompetence and disregard for due process in the award of contracts and abuse of office.
He said the committee recommended that the commissioner should be prosecuted alongside the contractor and that the company Dogara ga Allah Ventures should be blacklisted from carrying out contracts in the state over the next 20 years.
Madaki said the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs should as a matter of urgency provide documentary evidence of all monies paid to the contractor so far.
He added that the commissioner should be made to return the tractors to the local government areas and communicate compliance to the House within two weeks.
The committee chairman said that the contractor be directed to return N2.7 million made for transporting the tractors from various local governments and evidence of payment should be communicated to the House by the ministry. within two weeks
The legislators unanimously adopted the committee’s report. anyordered that three tractors belonging to Lapai, Chanchaga and Wushishi LGAs, which were refurbished, should be returned to them.