Sunday, April 14, 2024

Kebbi govt constitutes 13-man panel to investigate warehouse looting


Kebbi State authorities has inaugurated a 13-member panel tasked with probing the incidents of theft and devising methods to stop their recurrence.

Chaired by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Pure Sources, Alhaji Shehu Mu’azu, the committee has been given a five-day mandate to conduct a radical investigation into the looting, which noticed foodstuffs being unlawfully taken by hoodlums from the federal government warehouse in Birnin Kebbi.

The choice to arrange the committee was made throughout a State Govt Council assembly chaired by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Umar Abubakar-Tafida in Benin Kebbi on Monday.

The council additionally permitted a considerable subsidy of N3.34 billion to alleviate the monetary burden on 3,344 Muslims embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

This subsidy, amounting to N1 million per pilgrim, was initiated to offset the elevated Hajj fare, attributed to fluctuating naira-dollar alternate charges.

Commissioner for Data and Tradition, Alhaji Yakubu Ahmad, said that this gesture underlined Governor Nasir Idris’s dedication to upholding non secular values and fostering societal concord.

“Out of about N2m requested by NAHCON as extra fares, the Kebbi authorities has offset N1m for every pilgrim whereas the remaining stability must be paid by particular person pilgrims to finish fee.

“Pilgrims who’ve accomplished fee of the fares would additionally benefit from the N1m magnanimity from the federal government.” he stated.

Addressing issues over the looting incidents, Ahmad identified the institution of the investigative committee, which goals to determine the basis causes of the looting, apprehend the perpetrators, and suggest preventive measures.

Mu’azu disclosed that a good portion of the looted rice belonged to Birnin Kebbi Native Authorities and fashioned a part of the palliative measures distributed by the state authorities throughout the 21 native authorities areas.

Regardless of the setback, Mu’azu counseled the efforts of safety personnel who managed to get well over 2,000 luggage of grains, mitigating the losses incurred in the course of the looting spree.

With a good deadline set for Friday, the committee is anticipated to ship complete findings and proposals to forestall future occurrences, guaranteeing the safety and stability of meals distribution techniques in Kebbi State.

“The members of the committee have been given a five-day timeframe between now and Friday to analyze the distant causes of the incident, determine individuals or teams concerned and advise the federal government appropriately to protect towards a repeat,” the commissioner stated.

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