Monday, March 4, 2024

Kano Gov’s aide arrested over diversion of food palliatives

The Kano state government has announced the discovery of a warehouse containing diverted food palliatives.

Tasiu Al’amin Roba, a senior special assistant to the governor, has been apprehended by the Kano police command in connection with the diversion, along with his alleged accomplice Abdulkadir Muhammad.

Both individuals are expected to be transferred to the criminal investigation department (CID) for further inquiry.

Governor Abba Yusuf, accompanied by government officials and journalists, personally led a visit to the warehouse at Sharada Industrial Estate. During the inspection, it was revealed that thousands of bags, branded with the governor’s portrait and designed as palliatives, had been repackaged.

Community leader Rabiu Amour, briefing the governor, stated that these food items were intended for distribution to the less privileged, and a whistleblower brought the irregularities to light.

In response, Governor Yusuf directed the commissioner of police to take control of the warehouse, initiate an investigation, and identify all suspects involved.

Rabiu Amour emphasized that the community aimed to support the governor’s efforts in assisting the downtrodden, despite sabotage from within the system.

Danjuma Mahmoud, the agriculture commissioner, clarified that the food items were designated for distribution to persons with disabilities (PWDs) and widows of deceased members of the armed forces and other security agencies.

He highlighted that the palliatives were meant for various groups, including families and widows associated with the armed forces, police, immigration, prison services, customs, civilians defense, road safety, and Hisbah vigilante.

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