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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

Kwankwaso: CSOs demand probe over alleged public fund looting

Kwankwaso: CSOs demand probe over alleged public fund lootin

A coalition of 45 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of Justice for All (JA) has demanded the probing of the former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over allegations of public fund looting.

The Justice for All in a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday urged the commission to ensure prosecution of the former Governor if found guilty.

The letter was co-signed by the Chairman of the coalition, Auwalu Ibrahim and the Co-chairman, Dr Dave Ogbole on behalf of the groups. 

The coalition said the demand for the probe became necessary to ensure that the state's public funds and resources are accounted for, especially considering the current economic realities.

The group also urged the EFCC to immediately freeze the accounts linked to the former governor and his family until the state's resources are accounted for. 

The letter partly reads: “Justice for All (JA) is particularly demanding that the EFCC focuses attention on the management of local government allocation under Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s, internally generated revenue during his tenure and the utilisation of allocations from the Federation’s Account.

“In 2015 alone, the 44 Local Government Areas of the state received N107.29 billion in Federal Allocations but there is nothing on the ground that showed this amount was judiciously spent. The feelers in the state were that the council bosses at times remitted the money to the governor on his instructions.

“We are also seeking an investigation into the sales of Kano State Government’s assets especially the identities of those who bought the assets, the correct valuation of the assets as at the time of sale, confirmation that buyers paid for the assets, and how the proceeds from the sales of assets were spent.

“Our request for this investigation follows the discovery that the administration in question might have been involved in grand that allowed the resources of the state to be looted on a mind-boggling scale. We have cause to believe that Kwankwaso, his family members and associates might have illegally benefitted from this aberration.

“We have also noted that the state has not demonstrated a willingness to investigate the suspected corruption and theft of government resources by the past administration.

"The immediate past government of Abdullahi Ganduje failed to investigate Kwankwaso’s tenure(s) and the incumbent government of Governor Abba Yusuf has also not demonstrated a willingness to do so."

The coalition also issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the EFCC to open an investigation into the former governor's administration and make him accountable for how he managed the state's resources.

The letter further reads: “Justice for All (JA), hereby gives the EFCC a 48 hours ultimatum to open investigations into the tenure(s) of former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso given the serious allegations of corruption that have been levelled against his administration.

“We see this as a unique opportunity for your Commission to redeem itself as a non-politicised entity that acts on citizens’ petitions to investigate cases of corruption as opposed to being the wrong impression that people hold of the organization as an attack dog that the federal government set on those it is opposed to."

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