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We’re not intimidated – Kano Anti-Corruption Commission boss replies EFCC

  By Muhammad Bukar   The chairman of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Ri...


By Muhammad Bukar


The chairman of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, has said that he is not afraid of being investigated for what is being done at the agency.


Rimin Gado, who is facing investigation by the EFCC, declared no amount of intimidation would stop the commission from fishing out and investigating suspected corrupt public officials as long as the law establishing the commission permits it to do so.


DAILY POST recalls that the commission was probing former governor Abdullahi Ganduje on alleged misappropriation of funds during his tenure, and it was also alleged that the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) had invited some staff of the PCACC for questioning in regard to their administration.


Speaking to newsmen on Monday, Rimin Gado claimed that some suspected corrupt public officials under investigation are making efforts to distract the commission from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.


He dismissed the recent allegations of corruption within the commission’s management as the handiwork of those who had skeletons in their cupboards.


“You are aware of unfolding events concerning the commission in recent times. These are the orchestrations of those who have clear cases of corruption to answer.


“Their argument was that the commission has no power to investigate corrupt public officeholders. To us, this is laughable, and we will not give in to such cheap ploys by those who syphoned public money to evade justice,” he said.


Speaking further, Rimin Gado: “Just recently, a law firm defending the case of N4 billion fraud at KASCO, which is already before a Kano High Court, went as far as writing the Inspector General of Police for the withdrawal of police personnel attached to the commission.”


He noted that since the case is in court, the commission will remain focused since “we have enough evidence to prove our case, we are not losing sleep.”


The anti-graft boss disclosed that the commission would keep abiding by the rule of law.


“We are not deterred in all our investigations because we have weighty allegations against them. We have a Court of Appeal judgement that empowers the commission to investigate not only the staff or former executive members of the Kano State executive arm of government but even those working in the judiciary.


“The Court of Appeal said the Commission has the powers, without even writing a letter to the Chief Judge, to investigate a matter. I believe we are on course. We will continue with our investigations, and we will try as much as we can to get rid of corrupt practises in the system.


“So, as far as we are concerned, they are only postponing the D-day. Nothing would stop the state from prosecuting or initiating criminal prosecution against any person because Section 211 of the Constitution is so explicit,” Rimin Gado said.


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