The Chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Council of Kano State, Alhaji Kabiru Ado Panshekara, face a 14months suspension after embezzling a whopping sum N177 million of the council’s fund.
We gathered a council member of 7 members unanimously suspended the Chairman for 14 months, a duration that corresponds with the expiration of his tenure. The suspension is effective 31st October 2020.
Finally, the councillors passed a vote of confidence on the council’s vice chairman Alh. Sagir AbdulKadir Panshekara to take over the activity of the council pending the conclusion of the investigation against the embattled chairman.
In a letter of suspension approved by the speaker of the council, Yusuf Ibrahim, “the action of the legislative arm of the council is sequel to the power vested on its as contained in part IV item (14)(1) of the Kano State local government Law 2006”, which recommends the removal or suspension of Chairman of the council.
According to the statement, the chairman was involved of rampant financial misappropriation including N90 million loading and uploading resources created by the council for two years, N54 million tenement rate in the last two years, N18 million released by the state government in 2018 and another N15 million granted to the council by the Alh. Alhassan Dantata for the development of the council between 2019 and 2020.
The lawmakers also claimed that the chairman illegally ordered a landed property belonging to the local government including the GSM Panshekara, Yankuba village in Chiranchi ward and Masallacin Idi in Kureken Sani.
The embattled chairman is presently facing corruption charges initiated by Kano anti-corruption agency on alleged alteration of food items meant as palliatives to the less privileged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, in his reaction, the Chairman, Panshekara maintained that he remains the Executive Chairman of the Council emphasising that his sack did not follow due process.