- Bala Yargaba, the chairman of Dutse local government area of Jigawa state, has opened up on why his constituents attacked him
- Yargaba, blamed Musa Sule, a member of Jigawa House of Assembly from Dutse, of plotting the attack against him
- The two lawmakers have been at each other’s throats amidst unclear disagreements
The chairman of Dutse local government area of Jigawa state, Bala Yargaba, has accused a political opponent of instigating a mob action against him.
NAIJ.com gathered that Yargaba was attacked by scores of residents in his local government on Monday, July 9, over claims that funds earmarked for the development of polling units have not been disbursed to beneficiaries several weeks later.
Yargaba, however, later denied the allegations and blamed Musa Sule, a member of Jigawa House of Assembly from Dutse, of plotting the attack against him.
The local government chairman said it was Sule who doctored the original list of the intended beneficiaries by putting the names of his loyalties after the list was sent to the House of Assembly for approval.
Sule, denied the allegations, saying it was illogical to accuse him of trying to truncate a bill he helped push through as a lawmaker.
“We initiated the re-introduction of the polling unit development fund and as lawmakers, I can’t be the one to spoil the process.
“The council chairman was the one who announced on radio that all beneficiaries should assemble on Monday to collect their share of the money. Unfortunately for him, the event turned out to be violent,” Sule said.
Though Sule and Yargaba hail from Dutse constituency and are members of the ruling All progress Congress (APC), they have been at each other’s throats amidst unclear disagreements.
In February, the House of Assembly approved the polling units development fund and Abubakar swiftly signed it into law.
The fund was aimed at tackling emergency needs of communities, including the installation of borehole for potable water, drainage maintenance, amongst other local projects.
The money is distributed at N50,000 per polling unit per month, and the payout could be as high as N150,000 for some polling units, depending on the availability of funds, state officials said.
NAIJ.com previously reported a local government chairman in Jigawa state was reportedly held hostage by resident of the council.
Bala Yargaba, the council chairman of Dutse local government area in Jigawa state who was also beaten, was accused of non-payment of polling unit development fund meant for disbursement.
After the initial manhandling of Yargaba by the mob, he was able to maneuver his way into the local government secretariat.
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