Suspended Kano anti-corruption boss shuns lawmakers’ summon

Written by on July 14, 2021

The embattled chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji, has shunned the summon of the State House of Assembly.

Magaji who spoke to journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, however, said he was unable to appear before the State of House of Assembly due to an undisclosed medical condition.

The Kano State House of Assembly had invited the suspended anti-graft boss to appear before its ad-hoc committee investigating a petition against him on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

The lawmakers had suspended the anti-graft boss for one month over alleged rejection of an accountant posted to his commission by the office of the Accountant-General of the state.

Following the suspension of Magaji, the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, last Thursday, appointed Mahmoud Balarabe as the acting Executive Chairman of the commission.

Magaji, however, insisted that his suspension by the lawmakers was done out of malice, saying he was never giving a fair hearing.

He noted that the letter inviting him was dumped at his residence on Monday while he was away on a medical appointment at the national hospital, Abuja.

He added the letter sent to him did not provide details of the said petition against him, demanding that the lawmakers furnish him a Certified True Copy of the petition for a proper response.

“The fact on ground is that this is a premeditated action against me. On the letter of invitation sent to me, they said they were inviting me based on complaints against me when “I was the then chairman”. They did not state the so-called complaints. So on what ground are they inviting me to defend myself?” Magaji said.

“The house suspended me and after that, they asked me to hand over myself for investigation which I did. But after three days, someone else was appointed to the position.

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