By Abdulmumin Murtala
Following a recent tussle between the chairman of the Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado and the State High Court at Gezawa, in which derogatory statements in violation of court summons were attributed to him, the anti-graft Commission chairman has issued an apology for is actions.
“I wish to without prejudice to the power and function of this Commission to apologize to the judiciary and any person that may have been offended by my statements. Though not excusable, all that may have been credited to me was not out of disrespect to the judiciary but due to the honest and ardent need to ensure that justice is meted out” he said.
He stated this in a press statement he signed recently in which he reiterated the need for synergy between the anti-graft body and the judiciary in fighting corruption in the state.
He said “It is our believe that the judiciary does not need anti-corruption Commission for its survival but the Commission needs the judiciary to operate and above all the society needs both for development.”
Magaji also called on the judicial arm of government to preserve and support the Commission to serve the purpose of its mandate in the interest of the state saying “fighting corruption is not a one man business”. He also reiterated the stance of the Commission to remain resolute and undaunted in its fight against corruption.
The tussle started when a former state Accountant General Hajiya Farida Tahir filed suit against Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado and 3 others before Justice Muhammad Yahaya of the Gezawa High Court. Magaji was invited to Court although the Petitioner Hajiya Farida and Grassroots Microfinance were under investigation by the anti-graft Commission for what they termed illegal deposit of N100 million by former Accountant General of Kano State in the bank.
In statements credited to the anti-graft Commission chairman, he was said to have told newsmen that he could also get the judge arrested and brought before the Commission. The court warned that it would issue an order for his arrest if he acted in contempt.
This heightened the tempo and concerned groups including the Coalition of Kano Civil Society organizations against corruption appealed to Magaji to appear before the Gezawa High Court on the 18th of July as ordered by the Court.
The Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission is the only state owned anti-graft agency in any state in the country.