By Salim Umar Ibrahim, Kano
Kano State House of Assembly on Monday at its sitting recommended to Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to sack the suspended Chairman of the state anti-corruption agency, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado.
The resolution was made during plenary presided over by the Speaker Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari.
While presenting the report, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Umar Musa Gama explained that the 12-member committee had concluded its investigations and had mapped out 5 recommemdations.
He pointed out that the recommendations include immediate sacking of the suspended chairman, arrest and prosecution of Mr Magaji as well as setting up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the financial activities of the commission from the year 2015 to date.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the sitting, the majority leader of the House, Labaran Abdul Madari said the joint committee set up by the House to investigate Muhyi found out that the medical report submitted by the counsel to suspended chairman is fake.
He noted that the committee also recommended that the state civil service should take appropriate action on Isah Yusuf a level four officer serving as accountant at the Commission.
Madari said the committee also called on the accountant earlier rejected by Mr Magaji to assume duty as soon as possible.
It will be recalled that the House has on July 5 recommended the suspension of Mr Magaji and constituted adhoc committee to investigate a petition written against him from the office of the Accountant General of the state.
The petition read in part: “With due respect to Honourable Speaker and honourable House in general, I wish to present a complaint to you that on April 2021, the office of the accountant general release a posting of accounting staff to various ministries and departments including Public Complaint and Anti Corruption Commission.
“But this posting number C.5/AG/1.1/95 dated 15th March, 2021, the Chief Accountant posted to the commission has reported to the office of the Accountant General, on 28th June, 2021 that he was denied taking over the financial activities of the commission as head of account as indicated in the posting letter. Copy attached.
“Furthermore, not only was the Chief Accountant denied to take over the responsibility as head of account, rather he was issued a rejection letter reference number: PCAC/June/1/Vol. 1/SS/ dated 28 June, 2021 asking him to report back to the office of the Accountant General, for his services were not needed in the commission.
“While an officer, a clerical officer for that matter, on grade level 04 is still maintained and acts as head of account of the commission. Copy also of the rejected letter attached.
“Accordingly, this act by rejecting him as head of account of the commission violated section 28 (b) of Kano state financial management law which gives the Accountant General power to provide the accounting staff to each government ministries or extra ministerial departments. Copy also attached of the stipulated law.
“Based on the above, the office of the Accountant General is kindly appealing to the honourable House to take appropriate measures towards the complain plea.”
After reading the petition, the speaker opened the floor for members to propose how the House should treat the matter.
In his contribution, the House leader and member representing Warawa constituency Abdul Madari, advised the House to allow committee on Public Complain and Anti-Corruption to investigate the matter, and report back for further deliberation.
In his submission the deputy speaker and member representing Sumaila constituency Hamza Zubairu Masu supported the position of Mr Madari and call on the House to suspend Mr Rimingado to allow uninterrupted and thorough investigation.
Also a member representing Rogo local government Magaji Zarewa supported the view of previous members and suggested Mr Rimingado should be suspended pending the outcome of House investigation.