Kano anti-graft agency boss Muhuyi Magaji gets bail in graft case
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja has granted bail to the chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission (PCACC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado.
Rimingado was arraigned before the Tribunal on multiple-count charges that include a conflict of interest, failure to submit a written declaration of all assets and liabilities, false declaration of assets and abuse of office.
He appeared before the court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, and his lawyer, Yau Adamu Abdullahi, applied for bail and was granted on the following conditions:
Five million naira with two responsible sureties to show evidence of gainful employment to the tribunal’s satisfaction; sureties to reside within FCT and must depose to the affidavit of means; sureties to deposit with the tribunal two recent passport photographs of themselves and the applicant.
The applicant is to obtain a letter of identification from a very prominent citizen of the FCT, working or doing business with the territorial Jurisdiction of the Tribunal to be verified by the Chief Registrar approved by Hon. Justice Julie Anabor.
Part of the counts against Rimingado alleged that “Magaji whilst being the Executive Chairman of Public Complaints and anti-corruption Commission of Kano state and thereby a public officer on or about 19th day of March 2021 you put yourself in a position where your interest conflicted with the discharge of your duties and responsibilities in that you applied and got approval for the payment of the sum of one million seven hundred and sixty six naira (NI,766,666.06) only as professional Audit fees per annum for the services of Messrs Salihu Metala & Co contrary to Six hundred thousand naira (N600,000) only per Annum submitted to you by Messrs Salihu Maitala & Co and you thereby contravene the provision of Section 5 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act CAP C15 LEN 2004 and Punishable under Section 23 (l) and (2) of the same Act 9”.
He was also alleged to have received in his Zenith Bank Account a benefit in the sum of 4.7 million in July 2023 from one Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, the Secretary to Kano State Government. That contravenes the provision of Section 10 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Tribunal Act.
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