Kano state assembly suspends anti-corruption agency boss over alleged opposition to posting of accountant to agency

The Kano State House of Assembly has suspended the Chairman of the State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission, Muhyi Magaji for allegedly opposing to the posting of an Accountant to the agency from the Office of the Accountant-General of the state.

Penpushing reports that, the agency boss was ordered to step aside for a month, following a letter of complaint sent to the House of Assembly over the matter by the Office of the Accountant-General of the state.

The majority leader of the House, Hon Labaran Madari, in his submission asked the assembly to refer the issue to the House Committee on Anti-corruption for investigation and action, and the committee is to report back in two weeks.

Penpushing further reports that, the embattled chairman of the commission had earlier raised alarm that,  he was facing interference and intimidation from government officials in his work, arguing that will not deter him from bringing corrupt.

“The challenges from government officials are enormous. Some of the officials see the agency as government-owned, thus, there are certain areas that need to be overlooked. But that cannot happen because I am not afraid to lose the job’,he said.

“I was arrested and charged for contempt because I am investigating a particular case. But that did not deter me from performing my duties because I am doing the job with passion. I want those in the government to understand that I am not doing the job for myself or for any material gain. Anyone that thinks that is deceiving himself’.

“Even if I leave the state’s anti-corruption agency, Nigerian law allows for private detective (work). I can work in any capacity to serve Nigerians as a certified lawyer. The struggle will forever continue,”

The agency boss, however, did not provide names of those behind the interference , but also pointed out that the government did not cater for the needs of the agency,and  this made him launch an appeal fund for “hundred thousand dollars for the commission”.

Penpushing reports that, the Chairman of the State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission,   called any individuals willing to donate to the fund can do so but vowed that the agency cannot be compromised under his watch.

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