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Insubordination: Nasarawa lawmakers suspend Council chair

By Francis Nansak

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Monday slammed a three-month suspension on the chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area, Mohammed Sani Otto, for alleged insubordination to the State Government and the State Assembly.

The deputy chairman of Karu Local Government Area, Lawal Karshi, was similarly suspended for the same allegation of insubordination to the constituted authorities of the State.

During the House plenary, Speaker of the State Assembly, Abdullahi Balarabe, after entertaining a motion moved by the House Committee chairman on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mohammed Alkali, suspended the two Local Government officials, under matters of public interest.

Mohammed Alkali’s motion was being seconded by representative of Kokona East State Constituency, Ogah Ogazi.

Reading resolution that suspended the chairman and the deputy chairman of the affected Local Governments, the Speaker noted that the duo mobilized people against the State Government during a court session which the State Assembly had interest.

The Speaker then directed the deputy chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area to take over the affairs of the Nasarawa Council Area from the suspended chairman with immediate effect until the seven-man ad-hoc committee set up by the Assembly submits its report on the matter in three months time.

This was even as the Speaker directed the State Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, to immediately provide security cover to the acting chairman of the Nasarawa Local Government Area to effect the Assembly’s decision .

It would be recalled that the State House of Assembly cut short its recess for this matter, as members had been expected to resume from Sallah break on August 17th.

ExpressDay reports that the alleged insubordination of the two councils officials was on grounds that they were seen in court in support of the ousted Nasarawa State Secretary to the Government, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Tijani, who the House members indicted for diverting N248.5 million earmarked for schools projects in the State.

Written by ExpressDay

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