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Like Ganduje, Kano PCACC boss gets court protection from EFCC, ICPC, CCB probe

Like Ganduje, Kano PCACC boss gets court’s protection from EFCC, ICPC, CCB probe

A High Court in Kano State on Monday restrained some Nigerian anti-corruption agencies from investigating the affairs of the state’s Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) and those of its chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado.

In a similar manner that the former Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had sought and secured a court’s order to stop the PCACC from investigating a dollar bribery allegations against him, Rimingado had also secured an order to bar the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) from probing him.

The EFCC and CCB had written letters to the PCACC demanding probe of its activities and that of its chairman, Rimingado.

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Rimingado had earlier told newsmen that he was not afraid of being probed but later rushed to court to obtain an injunction to halt EFCC and CCB’s effort to investigate him. This was reminiscence of Ganduje’s approach to probe.

Of course, Ganduje and Rimingado had worked together in government for close to a decade before they parted ways due to a misunderstanding. They shared a lot in common, and observers said their fear of being probed was indicative of their collective transparency-deficiency. Because the two know each other well, they appear to be at one another’s throat at the moment.

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Saminu Zakari, a commentator, said “it would be good for the state if Ganduje and Rimingado would be thoroughly investigated and purged of whatever they may have might have cheated us of. I urged the courts to lift all these needless injunctions and compel them to submit to investigations.”

According to the court order, the plaintiffs in the suit are the Attorney General of Kano State, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, and Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado. The respondents are the EFCC, CCB and ICPC.

Nigerian Sketch noted that Rimingado’s inclusion of the ICPC in the suit was precipitative, as the Commission had not even initiated any move against him.

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In the court order granted on Monday, Justice Farouk Lawan Adamu said the order was made by way of interim injunction restraining the respondents either by themselves, agents, staff, privies or whosoever from inviting, threatening, coaxing, cajoling, arresting, or in any way or manner interfering, meddling, or interloping in the affairs of any staff or person under the services of the plaintiffs, by whatever designation or nomenclature called, pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.

The court then adjourned the matter to 25th September 2023 for a hearing of the originating motion.

 

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