NLC Chairman Bags Jail Term For Diverting Palliatives

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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Comrade Muktar Tarbutu, the Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Yobe State, has been sent to prison for reportedly misusing relief supplies that were intended for union members.

Comrade Tarbutu appeared in court before Magistrate II Damaturu on Wednesday for allegedly diverting palliatives provided by the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

The Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Yobe, Barrister Mohammad Mohammad Ngumurumi, stated that the NEDC had given the palliatives to the NLC to distribute among certain unions, which Tarbutu failed to do.

‘‘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 said.

“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.

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.