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Lawyer urges Kano govt to prosecute suspended KASCO MD like his predecessor  

Lawyer urges Kano govt to prosecute suspended KASCO MD like his predecessor  

Kano State government has been urged to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out on the allegations against the managing director, Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO), Dr Tukur Dayyabu Minjibir, who was suspended on Tuesday.

Reacting to the suspension, a Kano-based legal practitioner, Alhaji Ibrahim, urged the government to do the needful by initiating a “true and thorough investigation into the matter.”

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Tuesday directed the immediate suspension of the MD for his alleged involvement in an inappropriate sale of grains belonging to the state government worth millions of naira.

The governor directed the suspension in a letter dated 12th September, 2023 and conveyed by the secretary to the Kano State government, Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi.

The suspended MD was directed to handover the affairs of the company to the immediate most senior officer to him pending the outcome of further investigation.

Alhaji Ibrahim said “since KASCO is fast becoming a hub for corruption, this investigation should not be done in a hush. I commend the state government for taking the first appropriate step. But, remember that suspension is an interim measure so that the suspect would not remain in office while investigation is being carried out.

“This is the normal procedure recognized by law. However, the investigation proper is where the government should exhibit its true commitment to the fight against corruption.

“Don’t forget that the former MD of this same KASCO, Bala Inuwa Muhammed, under the administration of former governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is being prosecuted for offences bothering on corruption, after investigations allegedly found him to have siphoned billions of naira belonging to the state.

“I urge this government to keep politics aside and ensure investigations into this matter is meticulously done and, if the suspended MD is indicted, prosecution must follow appropriately”, he said.

 

 

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