Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) has vowed to prosecute anyone found wanting in the distribution of COVID-19 palliative materials in the state.
PCACC’s chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, said petitions have been trooping in against some local government chairmen alleging diversion of some of the given materials “for political patronage.”
In a press release personally signed by him on Monday, Rimingado said “preliminary investigation suggests that one of the Local Government Chairman complained against have diverted the forms meant for the beneficiaries to his political party officials, the security agents and other people believed to be cronies and associates contrary to the guidelines which entails that no person earning salary/allowance or palliative member is eligible to the palliative relief materials.”
He therefore warned that anyone found engaging in such dubious activities would not be spared the wrath of the law, adding that “palliative materials are donations from individuals and organizations aimed at reducing the suffering of the most vulnerable members of the society irrespective of their religion and political inclination, hence it is not in any way a personal property that can be used for political purposes.”
He explained that cornering palliative materials for purposes they are not meant for offends the provision of section 26 of the Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2018 (As amended), noting that the commission has a legal duty under section 9 and 15 of the same Law to stop the “ungodly trend.”
The chairman warned all those involved in the management and distribution of the COVID-19 palliative materials in Kano State to be properly guided.