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Published On: Fri, Feb 7th, 2020

Alleged corruption: AMAC Councilors insist on Candido’s probe, assures fairness

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By Stanley Onyekwere

Members of the legislative arm of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) yesterday reiterated its stance on conducting investigation into the allegations of corruption and abuse of office against Chairman of the Council, Adamu Abdullahi Candido.
The speaker AMAC Legislative Council, Abubakar Isah Baushe made this assertion during its sitting, barely a week after its previous legislative proceedings turned violent, following the invasion of the chamber by suspected hoodlums, who snatched the mace, in protest against the procedures of the legislature.
Abubakar noted that the Councilors as elected representatives of the people they are obligated to ensure the enforcement of rule of law in council.
While appreciating the members of the Legislative arm for ensuring law and order during the crisis, announced its decision to set aside the suspension of the chairman,
This was against the backdrop of a peaceful resolution reached between the legislative and executive arms which was brokered by the House of Representatives Committee on FCT and Auxilary Matters, thereby bringing to an end the recent crisis that rocked the Council, following the purported suspension of the chairman.
The AMAC Speaker disclosed that the suspension lifting became necessary following the timely intervention of the Federal Legislators through a letter to the Amac lawmakers , calling for due process and the peaceful resolution of the crisis.
He however urged the committee set up to investigate the allegations against the chairman to ensure they work with clarity and transparency for the purpose of peace in the council.
He reiterated the previous resolution of the legislative Council, mandating the Committee chaired by James Diko, representing Gui Ward to investigate the matter and report back to the legislature within two weeks for further action.
“We are not going to work alone, as we have also involved professional investigators are renowned for this kind of thing like Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and Economic and other Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“ This is to make sure that justice would prevail either in favour of or against the Chairman. And at the end we will give Nigerians the report,” he stressed.
It could be recalled that a petition was submitted to the legislative chambers by the Civil Society for Human Rights and Rehabilitation on the 21st of last month accusing the Chairman of misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.

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