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Governor El-Rufai Sacks 6 Officials Over Land, Hajj Scandal


Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has dismissed three directors of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency and two others from the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service for abusing the revised Millennium City layout.

Also dismissed were three employees of the Local Government Service Commission in the state were also dismissed for defrauding pilgrims who paid for participation in the Hajj.

The dismissal followed the directives of the Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, as decided by the State Executive Council after its 17th meeting which held on May 9, 2016.

Letters of dismissal, signed by Mrs. Grace Yusuf Bature on behalf of the General Manager, KASUPDA, Saratu M. Haruna, and obtained by PUNCH were said to have been delivered to Charles Akau Ibrahim, Director of Urban Planning and Research; Adamu Aliyu Nuhu, Director, Development Control; and Philemon Mairabo.

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According to the letter, the sacking of the top directors followed the State Executive Council’s deliberations over a report of the committee that investigated the role of some employees of the former Ministry of Land, Surveys and Country Planning, KASUPDA, and some traditional rulers in distorting the revised Millennium City layout.

Also, the local government employees’s letter was signed by Zakari Mohammed, Deputy Director, Administration and Finance, dated June 21, 2016 for the state Head of Service, said the three were fired for breach of trust, cheating, dishonesty and serious misconduct. He said appropriate action had been taken.

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