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High Court orders arrest of Kano anti-corruption agency chairman


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is 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 of Daily Nigerian.
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A Kano State High Court, Gezawa Judicial Division on Monday issued an order for the arrest of Chairman, Kano State Public Complain and Anti-corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado.

Daily Nigerian reports that Mr Rimingado had accused the court of sabotaging the commission’s anti-graft war in the wake of an alleged money laundry by the erstwhile Accountant General, Aisha Bello.

However,  the presiding Judge of the court, Justice Muhammad Yahaya, in the suit  order K/M235/2018 and issued on July 5, ordered the AIG Zone 1 in Kano to arrest and produce Mr Rimigado before the court on July 18, 2018.

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The court said it gave the order in its last adjourned date which remains valid until set aside.

The court noted that Mr Rimigado refused to appear in court, hence contempt proceeding cannot be heard in the absence of the Contemptor.

It would be recalled that the suit that led to the contempt is a case filed by one Hajiya Farida Tahir against Mr Rimingado as the first defendant, Kano State Public Complain and Anti–Corruption Commission, second defendant, Attorney General of Kano State, third defendant and Accountant General of Kano state as the fourth defendant.

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Meanwhile, The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, KSPCA, had written a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC, over alleged misconduct by Mr Yahaya.

The raging feud between the commission’s chairman, Mr Rimingado, and the judge reached a climax last week, with both orderings for the arrest of one another.

Inside sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that it took the intervention of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, to avert open confrontation between the two.

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Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Mr Rimingado said that his commission is currently facing challenges in its war against corruption in the state.

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Mr Rimingado was reacting to the ongoing investigation into the alleged illegal transfer of the sum of N100 million from the state joint account to Grassroots Micro-Finance Bank by the immediate-past Accountant-General of the State, Aisha Bello.

Sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that the commission resolved to petition the NJC, following the intervention of the state governor and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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