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Police Set to Arraign Suspended PCACC Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, on New Charges

Police Set to Arraign Suspended PCACC Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, on New Charges

Suspended chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), Muhuyi Rimingado, is about to face criminal charges for allegedly giving false information to Kano State House of Assembly, a police source has revealed.

This development, according to Nigerian Sketch’s source, has just arisen after alleged pressures from the state governor forced the police to reopen a case that was hitherto laid to rest.

Police’s initial investigations could not establish any prima facie case of forgery against the former chairman, and he was cleared.

A Kano Government House source however said the governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, “wanted the ousted chairman to be silenced as he felt some of the corruption-related revelations scandalizing the governor and his family emanated from Muhuyi.”

“What they did was to recall Muhuyi’s doctor who had earlier admitted that he issued the medical report in contention to his patient, to give more insight, and when the doctor said Muhuyi ought to know that the report was not meant for public consumption, the government latched on that to reopen the matter,” our source said.

As things stand now, the police have filed the First Information Report at the Chief Magistrate’s Court 56 No-man’s-Land presided by Aminu Gabari, while the arraignment of the ousted chairman could occur any time soon.

The Genesis

Earlier, Kano State House of Assembly invited Muhuyi to appear before its ad-hoc committee investigating a petition against him on July 14.

He did not attend, citing health ground and some fair hearing issues in a letter he sent to the legislators.

He attached medical records which the lawmakers said as not genuine. The records were supposed to have emanated form the National Hospital in Abuja.

The House wrote to the hospital and received a reply dated July 19, 2021 with reference number NHA/CMAC/GC/0117/2021/V.I/01 and signed by the director, Clinical Services, Dr. A.A. Umar, the National Hospital, wherein the hospital said it investigated the documents and discovered that they were forged.

The House wrote the police, requesting an investigation into what they called conspiracy to commit forgery and forgery.

The police in Kano invited Muhuyi for questioning, but could not establish a case against him.

Report reaching Nigerian Sketch said he was cleared of the two allegations.

Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly has so far jettisoned the initial petition over which it invited the embattled former PCACC chairman, chosing instead to pursue the forgery case which watchers said was more of a witch hunt than anything.

 

 

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