Ganduje perfects plan to remove Kano anti- corruption boss, Muhuyi Magaji as commission probes his family

(L-R) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado

Plot to remove the chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, PCAC, Muhuyi Rimingado, has thickened as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje allegedly mounts pressure on the State Assembly to execute the hatchet job.

Informed sources at the Assembly told DAILY NIGERIAN that the governor wanted the legislators to remove the state anti-corruption commission boss for poke nosing into his family’s affairs.

“There is actually a plot, with the governor as arrowhead, to remove Muhuyi. Although the governor did not specifically state Muhuyi’s offence, he just wanted him out of that office.

“You know in the governor’s usual antics of pushing the legislature to take the bullet for him. Remember he did the same when he wanted to get rid of his former deputy, Hafiz Abubakar and former Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II,” said a legislator familiar with the plot.

On the possibility of executing the governor’s bidding, the lawmaker said majority members of the Assembly are rubber-stamps.

The crisis began early this month when Mr Rimingado beamed his searchlight into the contracts allegedly awarded to companies linked to the governor’s family.

In a letter sighted by DAILY NIGERIAN with reference number PCACC/CM/OFF/VOL.1/071 dated June 10, 2021, and signed by the chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Rimingado, the commission requested the commissioner of the Ministry of Works to provide information relating to construction of Cancer Center and the supply of diesel by the state government.

“In the exercise of its powers under Section 9 and Section 15 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended), the Commission is currently conducting an investigation which requires you to provide the following details:-

“(a) All documents relating to Cancer Centre

“(b) All documents pertaining to procurement of Diesel.

“(c) Any other information that will aid the Commission’s investigation.”

Credible sources told this newspaper that bulk diesel supply in government ministries, departments and agencies is the exclusive preserve of the first family.

It was gathered that the contract for the construction of the Cancer Centre, believed to be handled by a proxy of the first family, is undergoing a series of variation, which calls for concern of the commission.

The contract for the Cancer Centre was initially awarded at the cost of N2.4 billion but currently stands at over N5billion due to a series of variations.

DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that there is alleged round-tripping in the diesel supply contracts, such that funds were allegedly released without the supply of the commodity.

Mr Rimingado, a lawyer, recently came under fire for his failure to investigate the governor’s corruption, particularly the $5m dollar bribe-taking videos exposed by this newspaper in October 2018.

Solacebase contacted Mr Muhuyi Rimingado on his removal plan but his phone lines were not connecting

Spokesman for the governor, Abba Anwar did not pick our reporter’s calls, nor respond to a text message seeking the governor’s response on the matter.

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