Former Kano State governor and minister of defense, Senator Rabiu Musa Kankwaso has dismissed the allegations of contract fraud leveled against him and two of his former senior aides.
Reacting to the allegations, Kwankwaso said the information attributing an alleged contract scam conducted by him, his former special assistant, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and erstwhile personal assistant, Abba Kabiru Yusuf were mischievious.
According to a statement signed by Kwankwaso’s principal private secretary, Muhammad Inuwa Ali, a copy of which Judicial Sketch obtained on Tuesday in Kano, the scam was allegedly committed in 2007 when Kwankwaso had already resigned his ministerial position.
“In 2007, Kwankwaso was not the minister of defense, he resigned from his position to free himself to contest for PDP governorship ticket of the Kano PDP”, he noted.
In further dismissing the allegations, the former senator said the “executive governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was Special assistant to Kwankwaso in 2006, in the year 2007 was in Ndjamena, capital of Chad Republic, where he was serving as the executive secretary, Lake Chad Basin Commission.”
The former Kano state governor argued that in 2007, he was a serving member on the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, therefore his personal assistant, Abba Kabiru Yusuf could not be associated with the ministry of defense as his aide at the time the offense was allegedly committed in 2007.