By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Concerned Peoples Congress of Lere has alleged that the Chairman of Lere Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Hon. Abubakar Buba spent a whopping sum of N29million to renovate the chairman’s official residence constructed in 2007 at the cost of N7million.
In a letter signed by one Abubakar Hassan on behalf of the group and received by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), on March 24, 2019; the group dragged Hon Buba before the Commission for alleged embezzlement and misappropriation of funds belonging to the council.
According to the group, they as bona-fide citizens and residents of the LGA expressed their dismay that the chairman breached the Kaduna State Public Procurement Law by using companies belonging to himself and his cronies to execute contracts in the LG without due process.
The group cited an example of Structed Investment Ltd. and Imam Electrical and General Contractors Ltd. all which they said the chairman has vested interest.
“It is undoubtedly clear that the number of choice property acquired by the chairman were proceeds from these and several other inflated contracts and other sundry non-exisging expenses.
“One of the known property acquired by the chairman is a house in Kaduna metropolis costing over N30m.
“We humbly and respectfully solicit for intervention of your highly esteemed Commission with a view to investigating the flagrant abuse of office, embezzlement and misappropriation of our collective resources in Lere Local Government Area.
“We are bonafide citizens and residents of Lere Local Government who desire for the progress and development of the Council.
“We commend the Local Government reforms which the government of Mal. Nasir Ahmed El-rufai initiated that brought about sanity in the local government administration,” the letter reads.