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Fired Taraba officials suspect underhand tactics

19 July 2013, 07:53Augustine Osayande

Abuja -  Eight official of the Taraba State Government who were recently dismissed for fraud denied the charges.

The officials hinted at sinister moves to fire them.

According to a document seen by this agency, signed by Emmanuel Njiwah, the dismissed secretary to the state government, Nigerians would soon know the real motives behind their removal.

“Our operations were largely ignored by the State House of Assembly ad-hoc committee that probed the N400 million (US$2,4 million) found for victims of flood disaster in the state, apparently to enable them present the kind of doctored report that has now become a source of embarrassment to us and our families,” read a joint report by the officials.

The denied any involvement in the distribution of the relief, as alluded to by the government.

“The Governor (Garba Umar) directed the State Emergency Management Agency to take over all the materials that was procured by the committee for onward distribution to the victims and none of us were involved in the exercise.”

The former government officials also claimed that the State House of Assembly ad-hoc committee during their probe overlooked the letter wrote to them by the state commissioner of finance informing them that the balance of N100 million was still with the ministry from the money.

They questioned why the chairman of the Committee overlooking the relief distribution exercise, Mustapha Hammangabdo, who purchased the material was not dismissed.

Scores of people were killed and thousands displaces following the floods in Taraba last year.

- CAJ News


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