The Koko Besse local government council chairman, Umar Musa Besse, has been impeached by the council councillors.
While addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi at the weekend on the resolution taken by the councillors, Yusuf Gobir, the Speaker of the Council said that the impeachment letter was signed by 10 councillors out of 12 on 17th August, 2018.
He said the embattled chairman was accused of 8 impeachable offences by the Council Parliament ranging from gross misconduct and embezzlement of public funds.
He listed the offences committed by Hon. Besse as diverting 30 tons of rice donated by Kebbi State government for distribution to various communities as assistance during the concluded fasting period. Diversion of funds totalling 1,700,000 naira meant for support on the exercise of voter’s registration exercise.
Others included diversion of 4 hajj seats allocated to the local government council, misappropriating salary meant for the office of vice chairman to the tune of N1,300,000, misappropriating N26million sallah assistance meant for traditional, religious leaders, politicians and youth leaders as well as engaging in anti party activities.
“In view of the above allegations which we humbly considered so serious and having regards to our earlier warning and opportunities afforded to you to respond to our allegations, and your continue refusal to reply within the 14 days notice, which have since elapsed on 7th August, 2018. We hereby exercise our powers and rights under the inherent powers vested on the local government council for impeachment; accordingly you are hereby impeach by the majority of 10 out 12 elected local government council of Koko Besse today dated 17th, August, 2018.”
The spokesman concluded by saying that copies of the notice of impeachment has already been sent to the state governor, Ministry for Local Government and security agencies in the state.
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