By Hammed Salawu, MinnaYOUTHS in their hundreds
took to the streets of Minna, the
Niger State capital, on Monday
to protest the removal from
office of the chairman of Katcha
Local Government Area, Alhaji
Mohammed Dogo Liman.
The state government, acting
on a report of the House of
Assembly which reportedlyfound the chairman guilty of
fraud, asked him to vacate
office from Monday.
The assembly recently
adopted the report of
its Committee on Local
Government in which Alhaji
Liman was found to have
illegally taken N23million from
the local government purse,
N20million of the amount
being that of the Nigerian
Union of Teachers Cooperative
The protesting youths carried
placards and sang war songs as
they drove through the major
streets of Minna.
They also took their protest
to the state APC secretariat,
the office of the Secretary to
the State Government and the
government house.
Leader of the protesters,
Abdulkhadir Alfa said the
people of the local government
were opposed to the removal of
their chairman because “he has
been doing a good job,” adding
that the chairman “is a man of
the people who has touched
the lives of many people.
Reacting to the protest, the
Commissioner for Information,
Mr Jonathan Tsado Vatsa
described the incident as
“sponsored” but did not say
who was responsible for the
Vatsa said removal of the
chairman was “based on the
recommendation of the House
of Assembly which found him
guilty of fraud