Suspend my retirement allowance as ex-gov, Dankwambo tells Gombe govt

The Senator representing Gombe North, Dr Ibrahim Dankwambo, has urged the state governor, Muhammadu Yahaya, to suspend the monthly pension and allowance of N694,557.82 accrued to him as a former governor.

According to a letter dated October 4, 2023, and addressed to Yahaya, Dankwambo urged for a suspension of his pension and allowance following his new job as a senator.

He disclosed that the decision was following due consultation with relevant stakeholders including Civil Society Organisations, adding that it was sequel to his letter to Yahaya on issues relating to security allowance to governors.

The letter partly read, “Further to my letter to His Excellency dated  September 28, 2023 on issues relating to security allowance to governors as per approval dated 20/09/2002, yours of 14/06/2019 and Executive Pension Act of 2007 (as amended) and other matters relating therein.

“I have interacted with Civil Society Organisations , integrity institutions, friends and associates on the above and decided to put them on hold and make a refund as appropriate.

“I therefore write to request for the suspension of my monthly pension/allowance of #694,557.82 only being paid to me as former Governor of Gombe State.”

Dankwambo added that upon the termination of his tenure as governor, he has never benefitted from perks accrued to former governors, adding, “Also note that since I left office in 2019, I have never benefitted from any welfare packages, be it medical, furniture, transportation, etc.”

(Punch)

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NSCDC foils same-sex wedding, arrests 76 suspects in Gombe

Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Gombe State Command, have foiled a plan by some individuals to host a same-sex wedding.

They have therefore arrested 76 suspects in connection with the development.

The state Public Relations Officer, Buhari Sa’ad, disclosed this while parading the suspects before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Gombe on behalf of the state Commandant, Mohammed Muazu.

He said out of the 76 suspects, 59 are males with 21 said to have confessed to being homosexuals, adding that 17 females were also arrested at the scene.

He said, “They were arrested at Duwa Plaza along Bauchi-Gombe Expressway while holding a homosexual birthday and they had plans to hold a same-sex wedding before our men raided the scene.

“Fifty-nine males were arrested, 21 wilfully confessed to being homosexuals and 17 females present at the scene were also picked.

“They will be charged to court to answer for their crime which is on social vice; a crime in Gombe State.”

Meanwhile, the command has also arrested no fewer than three persons involved in illegal mining activities in the Akko Local Government Area of the state.

They were said to have been arrested at a site in the Gamawa community while operating in violation of the mining clearance that was allegedly approved by the Federal Government.

Confirming this to journalists on Sunday, the state Commandant of the NSCDC, Muazu, described the arrest as a significant milestone.

“My team stormed the site following a tip-off from some concerned citizens. While they were excavating with their excavating machine, we stormed the place and ironically, they claimed to be the owners of the site and that they had a licence, but when we checked their documents we discovered that the approval they had was for Laterite sand which they abandoned for mining coal,” Muazu said.

He disclosed that having reported to the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the command has ordered the temporary suspension of activity at the site until proper clearance is obtained from the necessary authorities.

Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Sanusi Pindiga, announced the suspension of all mining activities across the state and urged all miners in the state to appear before the ministry for screening and clearance.

According to him, the decision followed the discovery of the illegal mining site by the NSCDC, and that it was made to ensure that miners operating in the state are properly screened and cleared by the ministry.

“A genuine miner should report to the appropriate authority before going to the field. We don’t want a situation where miners will be mining without considering the dangers and effect of the activities on the lives of our people, their farmlands, and communities,” Pindiga said.

(Punch)

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