THE suspended Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, Muhyi Rimingado, said the state anti-graft commission had stopped getting foreign grants since Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was alleged to have collected bribe in dollars.

According to The PUNCH the allegation, which has since been tagged ‘Gandollars’ was reported by an online publication showing the videos of the governor pocketing dollars alleged to be a bribe from a contractor handling projects in the state.

Rimingado, who came under wide criticism across the country over his failure to investigate his boss, was recently suspended and was under series of investigations which, he said, was the work of corruption fighting back.

Reacting to recent developments, Rimingado told newsmen in Kano that it was true foreign donors had given the commission under his leadership financial aid to support the state’s anti-corruption efforts as the only sub-national anti-corruption agency.

According to him, the only and last foreign grant received was $100,000 dollars in 2018 to empower the commission in promoting transparency and accountability in governance by a development partner, Trust Africa, where a non-governmental organisation – CITAD – served as buffer between the donor and the commission.

“I think this is the right time to set the record straight; the dollar video bribery allegation has attracted the ire of foreign donors and has seriously undermined the achievements we recorded as the only committed state anti-corruption outfit in Nigeria.

“Even our outside inter-agency relations and interactions with other non-state actors had suffered a great set back,” he said.

The embattled anti-graft czar also admitted to have been notified that the Kano State Government had filed a case of false information against him before a Magistrates’ Court.

Rimingado said a First Information Report had been filed before the Magistrates’ Court 56 presided by Aminu Gabari by the Police on behalf of the state government after failing to establish an earlier forgery case against him.

Recall that Rimingado was suspended from office on July 5, 2021, by the state House of Assembly for refusing to accept an accounts officer from the Office of the Accountant General of the state, which, he said, was in breach of the laws establishing the commission.

The Assembly later accused Rimingado of forging a medical record from the National Hospital, Abuja, to justify their action.

But he dismissed the allegations and described it as a witch-hunt for stepping on some toes who felt more powerful in the course of his official functions as an investigator of fraud and injustices in the state.


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