Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability (CAJA) has accused the Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of interfering in the investigation of the deposed emir Muhammadu Sanusi ll by Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The commission had launched probe against the former emir over alleged land scam belonging to the Kano Emirate Council to the tune of N2.2 billion, but the investigation was slowed down due to some legal cases against the anti-corruption agency.
However, following the court’s verdict to strike out case instituted against the anti-corruption body to probe the former emir, Ganduje, at a media interactive session on Monday, directed the anti-graft agency to continue investigating Sanusi since there is no pending legal case challenging the investigation and vowed that the monarch would be punished according to the law if he is found culpable of the charges.
In a statement issued in Kano on Monday, signed by Barr. Maryam Abubakar, Justice and Accountability Officer, CAJA, the group said the nod given by Ganduje to continue probing Sanusi had vindicated the belief of the people that it is the governor that influences the function of the commission, which by its Act, should be independent from any interference.
According to the group, Ganduje should have put genuine efforts in addressing the spread of the COVID-19 and address its economic impact in the state rather than nagging on an issue that continues to bring disunity not only among the people of the state, but even among some governors in the country.
The group noted that Ganduje should have addressed the effect of the current hardship to the vulnerable indigenes, and restoring the economic activities of the state that have been suffering even before the lockdown regime, rather than playing politics.
CAJA also said the action of the governor had become provocative to the people because even the image of the state and northern elders has been subjected to abuse and attack by the governor.
“His unguarded utterances on the Kano elders since the beginning of this issue and his refusal to meet with the Northern Elders Forum, have no doubt, proved that the governor is more interested in witch-hunting the emir rather than amicable resolution of the issue.
“For the commission, yes, we may agree and disagree with its modus operandi, but that is purely on principle,” part of the statement said.
“Consequently, we will not hesitate to offer advices on how to strengthen its work especially to build on its landmark achievements, including the recent price stability and its doggedness in guaranteeing justice to the weaker ones in the society.
“But where the commission succumbs to external influence, to work on the governor`s directives, such achievements can easily be washed away.
“We will conclude by calling on Governor Ganduje and all Nigerian governors to always respect the independence of the government`s independent bodies by allowing them to work according to the Acts of such bodies and without any external interference from the governors or anybody acting on their behalf,” said the statement.