“With the greatest respect to you, you are being foolish” commission of inquiry told suspended LG chairman
By Al-Sirajdeen Alhameed Minna//:
Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, had took a swipe against the suspended chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, Suleiman Dauda Chukuba as she took him to cleaner, saying “he is being foolish in his conduct.”
According to her, ” With the greatest respect to you, you are being foolish. Why do you write that letter. Have you seen how you failed to comply with the budget”
Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, angrily thounglashed the suspended chairman while further cross examining him at the Commission of inquiry investigating the suspended chairman.
Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, who was being drilled for over seven hours by both the lead counsel to the commission, Bala Mohammed Usman and the chairman of the commission, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik got the shock of his life in the commission from the chairman.
Apperently not satisfied with the explanation of the suspended chairman over how some funds belonging to the local government area were expended by Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, Justice Halima Ibrahim flared up and gave the suspended chairman the insult he never expected
The embattled chairman was being subjected to unexpected quizzing by both the lead counsel to the commission for over four hours while the chairman of the 3 man Commission of inquiry took over the cross examination from 4.15 pm through 9.13 pm.
All the findings of the commission from the suspended chairman centred on how the tenement rate of N50 Million from the North South Distribution company in Shiroro Dam, and other funds belonging to the local government were expended without following the needed financial regulations of the constitutional procedures of the local government law.
Justice Halima Ibrahim equally took Suleiman Chukuba up on the award of contracts and expended the sums of N35 Million on security and vigilante group invited from Kaduna to support men of the vigilante group of the local government
Similarly, she needed further explanations from the suspended chairman on why the award of contract on the drilling of borehole were not in terdem with the budget and the contractual agreement as approved by the councilors.
“The contractual agreement in the budget was motorized borehole and end up providing hand pump boreholes which was contrary to the contractual agreement in the budget.Can you answer the question? “she asked
The commission also subjected the suspended chairman to questions on series of financial transactions of the council without the needed documents to back up his expeditures
The judicial Commission of inquiry investigating the suspended chairman was constituted by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to investigate the allegations brought against the suspended chairman by the councilors of the local government.
The members of the Commission were given one month to submit their reports from the date of inauguration.
Meanwhile the commission will make its final submission Tuesday, Wednesday this week and to be adopted.