Abuja - Senior officials from the Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State have appeared in court for allegedly misusing funds worth N68 million.
The Chairman, Usman Shehu Ibrahim, his deputy, Paul Yerima and Timothy Chindo, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the council, have been arraigned before Justice Tukur Mu'azu of the State High Court on a three count charge for offences bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
According to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the accused persons are alleged to have conspired to fraudulently misappropriate the Council’s share of Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds.
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The money was meant for the renovation of primary healthcare centres, primary schools, construction of boreholes and purchase of poverty alleviation materials across the eleven wards of the council in February last year.
The accused persons have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been granted bail in the sum of N1 million each and sureties in like sum. Sureties must be grade level 14 public servants.
The case was adjourned to January 29 for commencement of trial.
- CAJ News