Breaking: NLC Chairman Jailed Over Palliatives Diversion, Details Emerge

  • The Yobe state chairman of the NLC has landed in fresh trouble over what is termed as palliative diversion
  • Comrade Muktar Tarbutu was sent to prison on Wednesday, March 27, by the court in Yobe state capital, Damaturu
  • The secretary of the NBA, Yobe state chapter, Barr. Mohammad Ngumurumi, confirmed the development to newsmen on Wednesday, even as the NLC chair pleaded not guilty to the charges

TheTalk.NG journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Yobe state, Damaturu – On Wednesday, March 27, the chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Yobe state chapter, Comrade Muktar Tarbutu, was remanded in prison for allegedly diverting palliatives.

Yobe NLC chairman lands in prisonYobe NLC chairman, Comrade Muktar Tarbutu, landed in prison over palliative diversion.
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As reported by Daily Trust, Comrade Tarbutu was arraigned on Wednesday before Magistrate II Damaturu over the allegation of diverting palliatives given to him by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) for distribution.

The secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Yobe state, Barrister Mohammad Ngumurumi, disclosed that NEDC had given the palliatives to the NLC to share them among some select unions which he failed to do so.

He added that Comrade “didn’t share these items with NUJ and NBA and he was arraigned today (Wednesday), but he pleaded not guilty.”

The legal practitioner explained thus:

‘‘The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has distributed 25kg of 150 bags of rice, 150 bags of sugar, 150 cartons of spaghetti, 150 rappers for women, and 150 textiles for men as well as 150 blankets.

‘‘He was urged to share them among the members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

‘‘He didn’t share these items with NUJ and NBA, we asked him where ours is, he didn’t show us that is why NBA filed the case to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) and he was arraigned today (Wednesday), but he pleaded not guilty.

‘‘Chief Magistrate II Damaturu, His Worship Hasiya Abubakar sent to him prison for remaining till 18 of April 2024 for principal hearing,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, in February 2024 during the NLC nationwide protest against hardship in the country, Members of Congress Yobe state council criticised the leadership of the state NLC chairman for romancing the government.

NLC discloses only thing that can stop nationwide strike

TheTalk.NG reported earlier that the NLC insisted that only the implementation of government’s agreement with its members will stop lingering nationwide strike.

In its latest letter written to the minister of state for labour and employment, the NLC urged the Bola Tinubu administration to execute the promises it made to Nigerian workers and citizens.

On Monday, March 4, the NLC advised the government to expedite the implementation of the agreement before the March 13, 2024 deadline to prevent a potential industrial crisis.

Guardian newspaper also noted the NLC’s letter to the All Progressives Congress (APC-led) government.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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