Katsina Central Market Traders Move To Impeach Chairman Over Alleged Fraud
Victims of Katsina Central Market inferno have accused the market traders association chairman, Labaran Al-Baba, and the committee charged with compensation of foul play, dailypost.ng reports.
As a result, they are calling for the impeachment of their chairman.
Daily Post reliably gathered that the victims and other traders sympathetic to their cause planned to embark on a protest on Sunday to vent their anger but were advised to shelve the plans by the police and some elders in the market till further notice.
During an emergency meeting with the motive to impeach the traders’ chairman on Sunday at the association’s office, Daily Post was told that the allegations levied against the Chairman include the use of the association to further his personal interest as against that of members who elected him into office among several others.
The traders, in an interaction with Daily Post on Sunday, while expressing their displeasure over the government compensation and plans to rebuild the market, accused the Chairman of the Market Traders Association in the state as well as the committee for their predicament, exonerating the state government.
The affected traders also accused Al-Baba of collecting N2,000 from each of them to issue receipts under the guise that the receipt will be requested at the point of collecting their compensation cheque from the committee but to their dismay, nothing of such was requested before they were handed the cheque.
They equally alleged that when they pleaded with Al-Baba to appeal to Governor Masari to allow them build their shops themselves, Al-Baba demanded the sum of N5,000 from each of them, claiming that the money will be given to Katsina Urban and Regional Planning Development Authority (KURPDA) to design a market plan for the affected traders which will be tabled before the Governor to allow them rebuild their shops.
To that regard, they contributed over N2.5 million However, in the course of investigation, they discovered that there was no design done anywhere and the governor was not even aware of the arrangement.
According to the traders, they summoned the emergency meeting after meeting all the necessary requirements to commence the impeachment process of the chairman of the association.
Gaji Mohammed, one of the affected victims said: “Government had good intentions to help us but the committee who came to investigate the findings shortchanged us. They spoiled everything. Why I said so is because when the fire incident occurred, we were asked to state how much we lost in the inferno. I did without bloating the amount, I said 800,000 when I could have said 3,000 000 but for the fear of God, I stated the exact lost but I was given 130,000 whereas a broom seller and one asusu seller were given N 250,000, Why someone with over 1million capital loss got just a little over a hundred thousand, Others with N5000 capital investment received 250,000 from the committee.”
Similarly, Alhaji Sanni Lawal said: “Honestly, we Know that Governor Masari is an honest and kind-hearted man with passion for helping the less privileged but what this committee did made me very sad. They gave me N13,700. The debt on my neck alone is more than that. I thought when the compensation comes, I will be able to settle my debt and move on with my business because it is through this business that I feed myself and family. I don’t have any other business apart from this. I am a diabetic patient and I also suffer from high blood pressure too but for the past three months now I have not been able to buy my drugs.”