The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, KSPCAC, has exempted the Deputy Governor Nasiru Gawuna in the ongoing corruption investigation in the state’s Ministry of Agriculture.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the deputy governor doubles as the Commission of Agriculture in the state.
The anti-graft agency is investigating the Permanent Secretary, a director and some staff of the ministry over allegation of diversion of some funds.
The sum of N7,150,000 out of the diverted money had already been recovered by the commission.
Exonerating the deputy governor, the commission’s chairman, Muhuyi Rimingado in a letter on Tuesday said Mr Gawuna was not part of the people slated for investigation.
He said the commission had invited the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Director of Livestocks and other staff for probe over an offence, contrary to section 26 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission 2008(as amended).
“Some sections of the media had portrayed the Deputy Governor as being involved in the investigation. This is mischievous, misleading and false.
“For clarity of doubt, the investigation was initiated with full consent, support and cooperation of His Excellency, the Deputy Governor.
“Therefore, the general public should disregard any false information suggesting that the Deputy Governor is under investigation,” part of the letter read.