From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Chairman, Kano Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission (PCAC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado has said that the anti-graft body has been mandated by law to investigate any government agency.
Speaking at the International Ombudsman Day celebration, held at Kano Anti-corruption Institute in Kano yesterday, the Chairman said section 9 of the law that established the anti-graft body had empowered the commission to investigate any suspicious graft activities in any government agency in the state without interference.
He added that the commission, since inception in 2008, has not made amendment of its existing laws, adding that the body has never violated the provisions of the law in discharging its duties.
Rimingado also stated that when he came on board in 2015, he met a lot of challenges in the commission, but with his proactive approaches, he overcame many of them.
“When we came on board, we met a lot of challenges. We found that the motorbikes of the commission, which are used for dispatching correspondence were not functioning. Even the generator of the commission was not working properly.
“To cut the long story short, we have now overcome all these problems,”
Rimingado also revealed that he met a lot of land racketeering cases at the Ministry of Land in the state, where the staff of the ministry allegedly compromised to engage in double allocation of plots.
He however stated that he had broken the jinx and rid the ministry of all land racketeering cases when he came on board.
“Ombudsman has contributed a lot in reducing civil cases that are related to cheating, land racketeering, among others, “ he said.
The Chairman attributed the success to the maximum support to the commission by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, adding that the governor had accorded absolute freedom to the commission to discharge its duties without interference.
He also commended the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Practices (ICPC) and other agencies for their support towards the success of the commission.