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No diversion of palliatives in Kano, says VC

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Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Professor Mohammad Bello, has disagreed with alleged misappropriation of palliatives for the vulnerable in Kano State.

The don, who is also the Chairman of Kano Fundraising Committee Against COVID-19, explained that the allegation by Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission against Kumbotso Council chairman, Alh. Kabiru Panshekara, was not founded.

The anti-corruption agency had charged Panshekara to court for alleged criminal breach of trust and making false statement.

Citing violation of sections of the panel’s code, the anti-graft agency alleged that the council boss had diverted food items under his custody to men of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), police, Immigration and Hisbah board, instead of the poor as specified by the committee.

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Meanwhile, Musa Fagge of Magistrate Court 82 has issued a bench warrant on Panshekara for his failure to appear before it.

On the disbursement of the palliatives, the VC expressed satisfaction that the committee was able to disburse food to 50,000 households in the first phase to ameliorate the hardship of the lockdown.

He said the state government has directed the disbursement of the 139 trucks of food received from the Federal Government in the second phase of the palliative programme.


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