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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Court Remands Ex-Gov Ganduje’s Commissioner Over N1bn Alleged Fraud

 



The Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano, on Tuesday, ordered the remand of Idris Wada Saleh, a former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, in the custody of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) over an alleged N1 billion fraud.


The court presided over by Chief Magistrate Tijjani Saleh Minjibir ordered the remand of Engr. Saleh who doubles as Managing Director, Kano Road and Maintenance Agency, KARMA following his arrest and arraignment by the commission.


Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel and Secretary, Legal Adviser of the commission, Salisu Tahir had told the court that he had filed an exparte application praying the court to remand the defendant in its custody for 14 days to enable it carry out further investigation and file a formal charge claiming that the defendant has a case to answer regarding the N1 billion road project and belonging to the state government.


Tahir said attached to the application were six exhibits which include payment vouchers of the three companies and also a final address dated 4th July, 2023 while urging the court to consider and grant it request.


In response, the Counsel to the Defendant, Mustapha Idris told the court that although the application by the prosecution was exparte, but it also has a bail application and that which the prosecution counsel objected to.


Delivering his ruling, the presiding judge granted remand of 12 days instead of 14 days requested by the commission and directed that the defendant be put under good condition in the commission’s custody.


Chief Magistrate Minjibir however adjourned the matter till 14th July, 2023 for ruling on the bail application.


Earlier at a briefing, the Chairman of PCACC, Muhyi Rimingado said five other persons including, a Permanent Secretary and Directors were also arrested by PCACC as part of the investigations into the alleged fraud.


According to him, 


“We are here in relation to an outright theft of N1 billion belonging to Kano state government through bogus companies. I can’t tell you the names of the companies off head right now and for investigation sake.

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