By Abubakar Lawal Lafia
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has pardoned the suspended chairman of Nasarawa Local Government council, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Ottos over act of insubordination and abuse of office.
The House, also pardoned the Deputy Chairman, Karu Local Government Council, Lawal Yakubu-Karshi for the same offence.
Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced this after the House deliberated on a report of the Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate an Act of insubordination by the Executive Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government and the Deputy Chairman of Karu Local government council during the House proceedings in Lafia on Tuesday.
He said that the pardoning of the two local government officials by the House followed their acceptance of the offence and apologies when they appeared before the Seven- Man investigative committee on their alleged act of insubordination.
According to the speaker, the House warned the council officials against pay back time, as the house will monitor them keenly to ensure that they did not victimise anyone especially among their council members and other opposition groups.
“What we have done is to correct the wrongs and to respect the system not aimed at tempering with any democratic sitting. It is to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.
“The House recommended to the effects that in view of the apology tendered as outright assurances of their utmost loyalty to the Government, the suspended Chairman of Nasarawa LGC, Hon Mohammed Sani Ottos and Deputy Chairman of Karu LGC, Hon Lawal Yakubu Karshi be pardoned and their suspension be lifted.
“To err is human and to forgive is divine”.
“That the said suspended Local government officials be directed to tender a written apology to Government of Nasarawa State.
“That all public servants in the state be cautioned against any act of insubordination.
“That the suspended Local government officials should be asked to resume forthwith, ” he said.
Leading the debate on the report, the house leader, Umar Tanko Tunga commended the committee for a job well done and backed the committee’s recommendations and reasons why the affected officials should be forgiven and all the members who spoke took same position.
It would be recalled that on Aug.10, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has suspended the affected local government officials over insubordination and abuse of office.
Speaker, Abdullahi announced the set up of a seven man committee to investigate the two affected local government officials.
“The members of the committee are Dr. Peter Akwe who serve as Chairman of the committee, Barrister Mohammed Alkali is the Deputy Chairman of the committee while other members of the committee are, Mohammed Omadefu, Mohammed Agah Muluku, Aliyu Dogara, Danladi Jatau while the Deputy Clerk of the House Ibrahim Musa is the Secretary of the Committee.
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