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EFCC reacts to alleged raid on Kano Emir’s Palace


Jaafar Jaafar
A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief o Daily Nigerian
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By Mustapha Usman, Kano

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, has dispelled rumours making the rounds that its operatives have raided Kano Emir’s Palace and carted away “some valuable documents”.

In a message circulated on social media, the EFCC operatives had allegedly jumped the fence of the emir’s palace, locked some offices and carted away documents.

The embattled monarch is currently facing probe by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission over the alleged misappropriation of the emirate council’s fund to the tune of over N4billion.

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Although the spokesman to the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for comment, a credible source at the Kano office of the commission who craved anonymity confirmed to DAILY NIGERIAN on Tuesday that there was no such raid on emir’s palace.

“It is just a lie. No such operation in the Kano Emir’s Palace. It is just a rumour by some unscrupulous people,” he said.

“The emir’s case is not with the EFCC. It is the state’s agency that is handling the case. It is just a rumour,” the source confirmed.

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Chairman of the state anti-corruption commission, Muhuyi Rimingado, on Tuesday said the speculations on social media over the involvement of EFCC operatives were false and an attempt to distract the probe.

He added that the rumour was not only baseless but unfounded and a deliberate attempt to cause confusion in the state.

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“Yes, I met with the EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, last week, but it was on the general activities of the commission as well as its achievements.

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“Any contrary information on my meeting with the EFCC chairman is not only baseless but untrue and unfounded, so people should disregard it,” Mr Magaji said.

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