Kano State Governor, Abdullah Umar Ganduje has challenged the State’s Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and prosecute anyone found culpable of corrupt practice including members of his cabinet if the need be.
During an inspection of construction work at the Commission’s headquarters on Sunday, the Governor emphasised that the agency has his nod and insisted that “no comprise should override any priority” in a bid to purge the state of corrupt tendencies.
While he reiterated that the commission has full independence, Ganduje, vowed never to interfere in the operations of the commission – investigations and prosecutions of persons complicit in wrongdoings.
“We urge you not to spare or compromise any case no matter who is involved. The commission is independent of its responsibility and it has the duty to trap and prosecute any suspect.
The Governor seized the occasion to also challenge the Federal Government to replicate its fight against corruption across states and local government, if truly determined to nip the pandemic in the bud.
“With the way corruption is fighting back in the country, the federal government need to prepare to fight hard with establishment of similar corruption commission across the states and even at the local government areas”. Ganduje noted.
In his remark, Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado applauded the Ganduje-led government’s political will to support the commission’s determination to fight corruption in Kano state.
Muhuyi promised that the commission will not compromise on its principle, founded on benchmark and standard on mission and vision, to rid Kano of corruption.
It was reported that Muhuyi had recently led the commission to recover over N300,000 allegedly siphoned by a special adviser on religious affairs, Ali Babba.
One of the previous operations carried out by the commission is the prosecution of deposed Emir of Kano, Mohammadu Sanusi, for alleged misappropriation of emirate funds, a case that has caused Ganduje’s government wide criticism over “undue interference”.