The Benue State House of Assembly has approved three months suspension for the Vandekiya Local Government Council chairman, Mrs Kukase Garba, over alleged gross misconduct.
Daily Trust gathered that the suspension followed a letter sent to the assembly by the State Governor through the speaker of the House.
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The letter said to have been signed by the Secretary to the State Government on behalf of the Governor cited alleged gross misconduct, abuse of office and running of the local government as sole-administrator by the chairman.
The suspension, according to the letter, was in line with the Benue State Local Government Establishment Law, 2007.
“The Executive Governor of Benue State is in receipt of a letter dated 11th March 2021 from the Vandeikya Legislative Council, Benue State, drawing attention to a vote of no confidence passed on the Executive Chairman.
“The allegations made by the Legislative Council against the chairman, Hon. Mrs Kukase Garba, are as follows: Failure to inform the Legislative Council of the monthly income and expenditure of the Local Government in violation of section 58(b) and 87(3) of the Local Government Establishment Law 2007.
“Misappropriation of public funds; failure to present Budget Estimates to the Local Government Legislative Council; abuse of Executive power as she runs the affairs of the Local Government Legislative Council as a sole Administrator.”
Speaker of the House, Titus Uba, after reading the letter on the floor put forth the matter for the decision of the majority and all the members present chorused in the affirmative.
Uba, therefore, confirmed the suspension of the council chairman for three months.