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Zamfara Assembly suspends LG boss over alleged funds diversion

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The Zamfara State House of Assembly has suspended the Chairman of Shinkafi Local Government Area, Alhaji Sani Galadi, over alleged diversion of N23 million support funds for armed banditry victims’ in the area.

The Assembly said in a statement issued on Saturday by its Public Relations Officer, Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura, that the chairman was suspended for three months.

The victims’ support fund was provided by the immediate past administration in the state.

He said Galadi was suspended at the Assembly’s Friday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Nasiru Magarya.

He said: “The decision followed an interim report submitted by the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Petitions, Yusuf Kanoma, alleging that Galadi diverted N23 million meant to support victims of armed banditry attacks.

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“After careful study and subsequent deliberations of the report on the floor of the House, the lawmakers unanimously agreed to suspend the council chairman for three months, pending the completion of the Assembly’s investigation on the matter.”

The House also received progress report on the Chairman of Maradun LGA, Alhaji Ahmad Abubakar, who was suspended over the alleged security breach in the area.

“The House also unanimously agreed to extend Abubakar’s suspension by six months.

“The lawmakers also approved the state government request to secure N1.5 billion loan facility from Zenith Bank to settle 2019 counterpart funding of Universal Basic Education Programmes in the state,” the PRO added.

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