The headquarters of the Kwara state Environmental Protection Agency (KWEPA) was thrown into pandemonium as a result of the fracas that ensued between the newly appointed chairman of the Agency, Hon. Paul Zhiru Tsowa and the secretary, Mr. Yomi Gada.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the fracas which happened on Thursday, April 1, at the Agency’s Offa road headquarters was connected to allegations of financial misappropriation and embezzlement during a management meeting.
A source said “It all began when the newly appointed Board chairman, Hon. Paul demanded for financial records of the Agency from the Agency’s Secretary, Mr. Yomi and this look like an attempt to probe the Agency in the face of the secretary and reportedly refused to comply with the Chairman’s request. Meanwhile, Mr. Yomi resistance perceived to be an insult by the chairman and this eventually led to verbal attack and threatening of each other that almost ended up in physical combat if not the interference of the General Manager and other people that were at the meeting”.
Another source added that “the Board chairman, reportedly requested to know the actual amount the Agency is generating on monthly basis, to the reason best known to him, and this seems not to go down well with the secretary who reportedly said that the Chairman does not have mandate to investigate financial activities of the Agency and it eventually led to uproar at the meeting with duo threatening each other”.
There had been allegations of organised corruption going on in the Agency for over 10 years, and Feelers have indicated that there is a need to sanitize the Agency which is identified as having great revenue generation powers for the state if properly monitored, of corrupt officials, as the state government is losing a lot of money through the sharp practices of officials.
Meanwhile, the Agency’s spokesman, had declined making comments on the incident when contacted.
BREAKING: Saraki Committee Fails, As Violence Mars PDP Northwest Congress
The Ongoing Northwest Zonal Congress of the People’s Democratic Party has suffered a setback as violence erupted at venue of the Congress holding in Kaduna.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that the cause of the latest round of violence has not been determined as at the time of filing this report.
It will be recalled that the Bukola Saraki led reconciliation committee had given the greenlight for the Northwest and Southwest Congress to hold, as it claimed efforts to reconcile factions had been successful.
In the same vein Saraki Committee recently suffered another failure when the late Buruji Kashamu faction of the PDP in Ogun state defected to the ruling APC despite the committee declaring end to years of feud in the state’s chapter.
Bauchi Jailbreak Attempt Caused By Mobile Phone – NCS
The Nigeria Correctional Service has disclosed that the attempted jail break at the Bauchi Correctional centre was as a result of an attempt to smuggle a mobile phone into the centre.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that an officer tried to smuggle in a mobile phone for inmates, which is clearly illegal and against the rules.
Reports indicates that a scuffle ensued when inmates who wanted to benefit from the deal had a face off with other officers who busted the plan and enforced the rules.
The commission also affirmed that 2 officers and 5 inmates sustained injuries in the disturbance, and have been treated and discharged.
The restive inmates have also been put under control while the staff involved is undergoing interrogation, as ordered by the State Controller. This regrettable development is being investigated.
Wike Bans Igbo Group’s Meeting Over Security Concerns
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has issued an ban on a meeting proposed to be held by United Igbo Community, an Igbo group in Oyigbo Local Government of the state.
The FidelinfoNews reports that the state government cited security concerns, as the meeting could spark another round of unrest in the area.
The Rivers state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim noted that Wike directed security agencies to ensure that the planned meeting does not hold in a bid to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the area.
The governor had in October, 2020, declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station was attacked by hoodlums.
The governor, who said Rivers won’t allow troublemakers to take the law into their own hands also declared a N50 million bounty on a leader of the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, in the state, one Stanley Mgbere.
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