EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 Palliative : Kano Anti-corruption Commission files suit against local government Chairman

The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a fresh suit against Kumbotso Local Governbment Chairman Kabiru Ado Panshekara over alleged violation of Section 318 of the Penal Code Laws and 26 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended) barely 12 hours after it withdraw its earlier suit filed before Magistrate Court No. 82 of Rijiyar Zaki. 

Addressing the reporters at his office on this development, Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, the Executive Chairman of the Commission confirmed the development. 

“We have promised to deal with any issue of distribution of palliative where I made a promise that even a tea spoon of sugar will see us going to the court and that is exactly what we are doing. 

We have file case before the court and we are not in charge of the process he said. During the process we find out the court gas jurisdictional issue so we decided to withdraw and to put our house in order”.  

Earlier today during the sitting of court No. 82 presided over by Magistrate Musa Ibrahim Fagge, the court strike out the case of criminal breach of trust and making false statement on return contrary to sections 318 and 26 of the Penal Code and the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended). 

The prosecution counsel Rabi’u Yusuf Hausawa applied to withdraw the case against the Kumbotso Local Government Chairman earlier filed by the Commission. 

The defense counsel did not object the request of the prosecution but applied for his client to be discharge and acquitted. 

Responding the arguments of both parties the presiding Magistrate stroke out the case by virtue of Section 211 (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). 

However, in a swift response, the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission file a fresh case before Upper Sharia Court Shahuci over allege criminal breach of trust and making false statement or return.

Judicial sources confirmed that, the matter was slated for Tuesday 2nd June, 2020 for hearing. 

Confirming the development, Usman Bello, Director Special Assignment and Communication adviser of the Commission maintained that the present court is the most appropriate in line with the law establishing the Commission.