Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has threatened to nail the political coffins of some immediate past local government chairmen over alleged diversion of fertilisers meant to be sold to farmers in the state.
The governor told the former chairmen to kiss their reappointment bid goodbye if they failed to pay the state government money for the fertilisers within a stipulated time.
But from all indications, many of the former chairmen may not be able to refund the money embezzled from the diversion as they are no longer in office.
It was gathered that Shettima told the Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Usman Zanna, to supervise the immediate recouping of the missing fertiliser funds.
Some hundreds of trucks meant for the Lake Chad Basin Development Authority in New Marte were diverted but the probe ordered by Shettima has not produced anything till date.
Sources at the Ministry of Agriculture said most of the former caretaker council chairmen could not account for over 50 per cent of the trucks of fertilisers given to them for subsidised sales to the farmers.
“Many of the chairmen, except for a few, were unable to account for the thousands of fertilisers allocated to them by the government.
“Some were only able to pay N2m out of the about N10m they are expected to remit to the state coffers,” said a source in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
It was learnt that some of the local government chairmen had been tipped for automatic appointment by the governor, but their fate now hangs in the balance as they have soiled their hands in the fertiliser diversion racket.