CCT suspends Kano anti-corruption chairman

THE Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja, has suspended the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) chairman, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, over alleged N390 million fraud.

Rimingado was arraigned on Thursday, April 4, with several offences, including suspected conflicts of interest, abuse of power, false asset declaration, bribery, taking gifts, and embezzlement of N390 million.

In order to allow the case against Rimingado, the tribunal granted the CCB application, directing the defendant to resign from his position as the chairman of the Kano State anti-corruption agency.


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The CCT issued an order directing the state governor and secretary to the state government to take all necessary steps to designate the most suitable officer to assume the role of acting chairman of the commission while the case against the respondent is being decided before the tribunal.

Rimingado was first arraigned before the CCT in Abuja on November 17, 2023, on a 10-count charge over alleged breach of the code of conduct for public officers, conflict of interest, abuse of office, false asset declaration, bribery, and accepting gifts, among others.

The defendant pleaded not guilty and was granted bail of N5 million with two sureties.

According to the tribunal, the sureties must have landed properties in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In 2022, Rimingado was sacked by the immediate-past governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, on allegations bordering on abuse of office.

But on June 21, the incumbent governor of the state, Abba Yusuf, approved his reinstatement.




     

     

    The ICIR reported that upon his reinstatement, Rimingado summoned Ganduje for interrogation over a contentious video in which the former governor was seen accepting dollars from a contractor in 2017.

    Ganduje is the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) – the party currently ruling at the federal level.

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    Rimingado, had on Wednesday, June 5, declared that, contrary to Ganduje’s claims, the video was not doctored.

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