In what will seem like a brewing case of libel between the ex-Commissioner of Finance, Hon. Mukhtar Shehu Idris and the current Commissioner of Finance, Alh. Rabiu Garba, both of Zamfara State Government, the former has vehemently denied allegations of salary racketeering made against him.
Hon. Mukhtar Shehu Idris, on behalf of the Shehu Idris Family at large, has however, demanded an apology from the present Commissioner of Finance, Zamfara State Alh. Rabiu Garba for misleading the general public about a certain ‘Nusaiba Shehu Idris’ (a name that does not exist in the entire family) for being a sister to Hon. Idris and part of an alleged Salary Scandal in Zamfara State.
In his statement, Hon. Mukhtar Shehu Idris urged the current Commissioner to discharge his duties in a professional way, verify information before making unfounded pronouncements and do away with speculations.
“We wish to reiterate that Hon. Mukhtar Idris has no relative by that name, had no hand nor partook in any salary racketeering while he held sway as Commissioner of Finance of the State. His track record in fishing out ghost workers speak for itself. We wish the current Hon. Commissioner well in the task ahead of him”, the statement concluded.
Similarly, a pressure group, Concerned Citizens of Zamfara, CCZ, has also dismissed media reports accusing former Governor of Zamfara State and his Commissioner for Finance of salary racketeering.
This was made known in a statement made available by the group’s Secretary, Musa Ibrahim Gusau. The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to fabricated lies in the form of a media report signed by the recently appointed Zamfara State Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Rabiu Garba Gusau titled: How Former Zamfara Governor and his Commissioner for Finance Supervised Salary Racketeering.
The group also challenged the state government to name those it claimed are benefiting from salary racketeering.
Hon. Mukhtar Idris, in 2011, was appointed as the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development by Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State and was made the Commissioner for Finance in 2015, a position he held till 2018.