Alleged Fraud: Plateau Speaker Faces Pressure to Step Down

*Rt. Hon. Nuhu Ayuba
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By Sam Kayode in Jos

 

A group, youth rights against corruption, has asked the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Nuhu Ayuba, to step down pending investigation on corruption levelled against him.

The group said that they have filed a petition at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accusing him of several allegations including abuse of office and financial misappropriation.

 

Executive Director, Youths Rights Against Corruption (YRAC), Comrade Abednego Musa, who signed the petition, titled “Petition Against Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker, Nuhu Ayuba On Gross Financial Misconduct, Criminal Breach Of Public Trust And Abuse Of Office” said that the speaker should needed to step down quickly for justice to take place.

 

Comrade Musa noted that “Further to a popular demand by some members of the public to our office, this petition is written to acquaint your agency EFCC, with the gross financial misconduct and the abuse of office being perpetrated by the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Nuhu Ayuba, for a thorough investigation of the allegations so as to avert a further bleeding of the public treasury under his care and restore sanity in the functioning of the state’s legislative establishment.”

 

The petition read further: “The Speaker’s desecration of his office for which a probe of his activities becomes necessary is in two-fold: one, his financial recklessness and cornering of public funds through illegitimate means; and two, the corruption and compromise of laid down procedures and rules deliberately foisted on the workforce of the Assembly”.

 

The Rights group further stated that the Speaker is perfecting his schemes by abusing the autonomy granted the House of Assembly to perpetuate corruption.

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According to the group, some of the cases for which it is seeking the enquiry of the anti-graft commission includes:

“Use of fictitious companies as fronts for cornering supply of 50 trucks of fertilizer contracts and fleecing of N375m public funds. A probe of the businesses of the House since his leadership should reveal how notoriously the speaker has been breaching public trust by diverting contracts and projects into companies of his interest with the active connivance of the clerk of the House.

 

“Purchase of a bullet-proof car at a market value of less than N100 million and the inflation of its price to N300 million.

“Apart from being inflated by a whopping 200%, the purchase of the vehicle was done in a questionable manner contrary to procurement acts. This constitutes a flagrant abuse of office and the exercise of privilege with impunity in a country where majority of the citizens live on less than a dollar a day.

 

“Payment of humongous allowances of N150m as Basic Travelling Allowances (BTA) for members of the Assembly with neither prior discussion with members nor official approval by the House.

 

“We have it on good authority that the members did not undertake such trips which had no destination.

 

“Compromise of operational procedures, creation of an extra-legal hierarchy and privileging cronies at the expense of the system. This is by far the greatest calamity to befall the Plateau State House of Assembly under Abok’s watch.

 

“Regulatory procedures have been in most cases set aside with the connivance of the Clerk of the House with the ill-intent of carrying out governmental business for private gains and as a private concern.

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“Collected N500m laundered funds through a suspended Chairman of APC to recruit innocent House members to destabilise the State and make same ungovernable through induced crisis. This explains why he is always rushing to the media to discredit the efforts of the State government in restoring peace for selfish gains.

 

“Little wonder he disappears when National leadership of CAN, JNI and the SGF including security chiefs visited the state.”

 

The Group said it would amount to breach of public trust if the allegations against the Plateau Speaker, is not investigated, adding that “such a man of questionable character cannot continue to act as Speaker to the Plateau State House of Assembly.

 

“It is our belief that the actions and activities of Honorable Nuhu Abok Ayuba at the Plateau State House of Assembly is detrimental to

*Rt. Hon. Nuhu Ayuba

the interest of the people of Plateau State and his primary constituency which elected him to serve.

 

“It is also a breach of public trust and a dent on the anti-corruption drive of the party and the government to which he belongs, hence the need to have him investigated and put under public scrutiny and account before further damage is done to the collective patrimony of the people of Plateau State”. Said the group.

 

Meanwhile security has surrounded the House of Assembly as tension continues to rise in the law making house as 17 of the 24 house members are alleged to be bent on stopping an impeachment move brewing against the speaker.

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