The embattled council chairman has admitted during questioning by the commission that about N14 million was paid to spiritualists and vigilantes within and outside the state to fight banditry in the council.
Chairman of the Commission, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, took a swipe at the chairman for being careless in its extra-budgetary expenses.
The Secretary of the council, Adams Kefas, who was present at the panel, said that the engagement of the spiritualists was carried out on the directive of the chairman, saying the decision was based on advice by residents in the area.
He said some of the spiritualists were brought in from Akare in Wushishi Local Government Area in Niger state and others from Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna state.
He said some of the vigilante groups were from the council while others were brought in from Chikun LGA to help combat insecurity in the council.
Kefas confirmed he was initially not told he was going to negotiate with spiritualists until he got there, noting that the advisors told them that a lot of communities being attacked by bandits had engaged the services of spiritualists and they succeeded in resolving the security challenges in the communities.
He said, “It was not until I reached the place that I knew I was going to engage with spiritualists.
“Then I could not do anything other than to do what I did in assisting my area to overcome the security challenges our people were facing on daily basis.”