The Kano State House of Assembly suspended the chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin-Gado, for one month.
The suspension of the boss of the anti-graft agency follows a petition received from the Office of the State Accountant General on Rimin-Gado’s refusal to accept a chief accountant assigned to the commission.
The chief accountant deployed at the agency was rejected and received a letter of rejection, according to the state’s accountant general, Alhaji Shehu Mu’azu.
This forced the Accountant General’s office to petition the State House of Assembly for its intervention on the matter.
After heated deliberations on the House floor, it was agreed that Rimin-Gado be suspended for a period of one month to allow room for an investigation into the case.
The Assembly has established a committee under the chairmanship of the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Complaints, Umar Musa Gama, to investigate the matter.
Rimin-Gado ran into trouble when the state government realized he was leading a flamboyant lifestyle allegedly above his income.
Other allegations against him include his failure to turn over the Open Government Policy program donation records as well as recovered funds unknown to the government.
Meanwhile, an anti-fraud group said on Monday that Rimin-Gado’s suspension violated the law that established the anti-corruption agency.
The human and environmental development agenda, in a statement signed by its chairman, Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, said Rimin-Gado’s suspension reflected a conscious attempt to muzzle the commission and undermine its independence by the political leaders of the State.
HEDA said the suspension was not only suspicious, but against the law establishing the commission.
“The suspension of Magaji (Rimin-Gado) has raised a lot of credibility issues for the Kano National Assembly. Obviously, lawmakers wanted to impose a sidekick on the president to interfere in the finances of the commission, ”said HEDA.
The group cited article 8 of the law establishing the commission, which states: “In exercising its powers under this law, the commission shall not be subject to the direction and control of any authority.” .
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