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Gov. Zulum withdraws name of commissioner nominee submitted to state assembly

Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Friday evening, wrote to the State House of Assembly, withdrawing the name of Dr. Ibrahim Yusuf Ngoshe as commissioner nominee.

The Governor’s spokesman Malam Isa Gusau who announced this in a statement issued on Saturday, explained that by this, the number of commissioner nominees, is down from 18 to 17.

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Gusau said further details will be provided should the need arise.

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SOLACEBASE gathered that the commissioner nominee, Dr. Ibrahim Yusuf Ngoshe was withdrawn due to outcry over his nomination as he has not been cleared by the EFCC over allegation of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of several millions of naira when he was principal of Mairi Islamic Senior Secondary School, Maiduguri, Borno State.

He was arraigned in March, 2023 before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, on a one-count charge of criminal misappropriation to the tune of N24,000,000.00 (Twenty-Four Million Naira).

The charge reads: “That you, Ibrahim Yusuf Ngoshe whilst being the Principal of Mairi Islamic Senior Secondary School, Maiduguri, Borno State, between the year 2012 to 2023, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did dishonestly misappropriate the revenue generated by the School and diverted same in the establishment of your school by name Sheik Abba Aji Memorial Integrated School at Mairi Kuwait being monies meant for payment of staff salaries, additional structures and other physical projects for the school to the tune of N24,000,000.00 (Twenty Four Million Naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Cap.102 Laws of the Borno State of Nigeria and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”

He had pleaded “not guilty” to the charge preferred against him, while the judge remanded him and adjourned the case till May.

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Governor Zulum, the statement recalled, had on Friday, July 28, 2023 submitted 18 names to the Borno State House of Assembly, including that of Ngoshe whose name was the 13th.

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