LANGTANG NORTH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN IMPEACHED

By Prince Sekat, Jos


The Executive Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council, Hon. Bitrus Zulfa Rimven, has been impeached from office by the Legislative Arm of the council.

The impeachment was consequent upon a notice of acts of gross misconduct labelled against the erstwhile chairman, which was communicated to him by the Legislative Council a fortnight ago.

At a sitting presided over by the Leader of the Council and Councilor representing Pishe–Yashi Ward, Hon. Maina Nanzing, on Tuesday 13th September, 2022 the Legislative Council voted to ouster the erstwhile chairman.

Shortly after role call by the leader of the house, the Councilor representing Jat Ward, Hon. Dashe Yarnap moved a motion for the impeachment of the erstwhile Council Chairman, Bitrus Rimven Zulfa, and was seconded by the Deputy Leader and councilor representing Pajat Ward, Hon. Dindam Longbap Wuyep, after which the leader of the Council, Hon Nanzing Maina, moved for the swearing in of the Deputy Chairperson of the council Hon. Nancy Philemon Paul as the substantive Chairperson of the council with immediate effect.

According to the Deputy Leader, the ousted Chairman, Hon. Bitrus Rimven Zulfa, who was served with an impeachment notice on the 31st August, 2022 failed to respond to the allegations contained therein, so as to clear himself of the allegations against him.

Among the allegations against the former Chairman included siphoning of over Three Hundred Million Naira (300,000,000) from the local government coffers, using a staff of the local government, by name Samuel Malo Magit to perpetuate the evil act.

Other allegations labelled against Zulfa included his failure to constitute the executive arm of the council, whereby, he had been running the affairs of the council as a one man show; in clear contrast to the provisions of section 34 (c)of Plateau state Local Government Council Law 2016.

According to members of the Legislative arm, there was a meeting held in Government House, Jos at the instance of some government officials, among which were Secretary to the Government of Plateau state, Professor Danladi Attu, State Head of Service Sunday Hyat, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Sylvanus Tapgun, Commissioner for Housing Hon. Brain Dadi, Chief of Staff Government House, Noel Donjur, critical stakeholders as well as the impeached Chairman of Langtang North with the eighteen Councilors of the area.

The aim of the meeting with the critical stakeholders of the party was to intervene in the lingering crisis between the council Chairman and the Councilors, unfortunately the sitting ended in a deadlock.

However, the ousted Chairman said he would have replied the letter sent to him, but he did not want to expose the complicity of the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for some reasons.

During the day sitting, fourteen out of Eighteen councillors appended their signatures to put paid to the impeachment process.

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