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The Local Council Chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Council in Kano state, Malam Kabiru Ado-Panshekara is on the verge of being arrested over allegations of diversion of coronavirus palliatives meant for residents of his local government area according to PM News.
A Magistrates Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 issued a bench warrant for his arrest after the council chairman failed to appear before the court despite being issued a court summons.
The Presiding Judge, Magistrate Musa Ibrahim, issued the warrant following the refusal of the defendant to appear in court to enter his plea over a charge of criminal breach of trust.
Prosecution counsel, Mr Salisu Tahir reminded the court that on May 9, the defendant being the Chairman of Kumbotso Local Government Council was entrusted with a total of 1,632 forms for the distribution of coronavirus palliatives.
He accused the Chairman of illegally diverting some of the forms to people who were not on the list as beneficiaries of the COVID-19 palliatives while many of the deserving people on the list were ignored.
Tahir urged the court to issue a bench warrant to the defendant for his failure to appear before the court since he had been properly served a court sermon to appear on May 13 at about 9:00 am.
He further stated that the offence contravened section 315 of the amended penal code law and section 26 of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008.
The defence counsel, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, told the court that the defendant’s absence was not intentional as the Chairman’s aide had assured him on phone that they were on their way to the court.
The court case has been adjourned till May 27 for mention.