Kano State deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, is not under investigation in the alleged misappropriation of funds committed by some staff of the state ministry of agriculture.
The deputy governor doubles as the commissioner of agriculture in Kano State.
Nigerian Sketch reported the chairman of Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, as saying that his commission’s investigations into the alleged offences, which he said bordered on the diversion of some funds, does not involve the deputy governor and he actually facilitated and gave all the needed support to the investigators.
Muhuyi said in a press release he signed and issued on Tuesday that the alleged offences “contradict Section 26 of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended) and a recovery of N7, 150, 000.00 has so far being made.”
He said it would be misleading and discouraging to bring the deputy governor into the matter other than as a helper of the commission’s work.
“If anyone mentioned the deputy governor in this matter, it would be bad for our job because that would mean that we may not be getting the necessary supports we so much need in instances like this. He gave all the necessary documents to our investigators and allowed them access to all the staff the wanted without any delay.
“We should be appreciative of such supports and encourage other heads of ministries and departments to emulate his openness. We know what we go through any time we are investigating government agencies like this one”, Muhuyi explained.
He said further in his press release that “For clarity of doubt, the investigation was initiated with full consent, support and cooperation of His Excellency the Deputy Governor.
“Therefore the Commission urges the public to disregard any false information suggesting that the Deputy Governor is under investigation”, he concluded.
The PCACC chairman was obviously reacting to reports in some quotas that the deputy governor, some directors and head of departments in the state ministry of agriculture were been investigated in connection to some alleged misappropriation of funds running into tens of millions of naira.