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Published On: Tue, Jan 27th, 2015

N34m fraud: Committee clears Zuba market chair of wrongdoing

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FCT-High-Court-AbujaBy Usman Shuaibu

A committee investigating the chairman of the Nigeria Fruits Sellers Association Zuba branch in Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Nura Haruna, over the alleged misappropriation of N34 million, has cleared the chairman of any wrongdoing.

Our correspondent gathered that this was contained in a report by the six-man committee which was set up under the chairmanship of Alhaji Magaji Ubabari, to look into the alleged misappropriation raised some members of the association.

Reacting to the development an interview with Peoples Daily in Zuba, the Public Relations Officer of the association, Alhaji Aliyu Alade, expressed satisfaction over the report of the committee.

He called on both officials and members of the association to co-operate with the chairman to move the Zuba fruits market to the next level.

However, he revealed that out of the N34million alleged to be embezzled by the chairman N24million was spent on developmental projects in the Zuba market.

He also disclosed that the remaining N9million was spent on the logistics.

According to him, the hitherto allegation of the financial misappropriation against the chairman by some members of the association was baseless and calculated attempt to tarnish his image.

The PRO therefore appealed to the entire members of Zuba fruits market to shun rumor-mongering which will cause underdevelopment to the market.

On his part, Haruna, the embattled chairman of the association expressed his dismay over the said allegation leveled against him.

While thanking the six-man committee for its report after carrying out a thorough investigation on the said allegation, he urged the officials as well as members to always channel their grievances to the management of the association, whenever the need arises.

He however, said that he will not allow himself to be derailed in the pursuit of good policies for the members of the association.

He insisted that he would remain committed to the development of the association, while urging the executive members to give him their maximum co-operation at all times.

He reiterated that his leadership would continue to judiciously spend the money of the association.


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