Muhuyi Magaji, chairperson of the Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) has said the agency will re-open its investigation into alleged corruption by the immediate past governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje.
In 2022, Ganduje sacked Magaji on allegations of abuse of office.
On June 21, 2023, the new governor, Abba Yusuf, reinstated Mogaji as PCACC’s boss.
In October 2018, a video surfaced online by an online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, showing the then governor Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollars and putting the monies into his flowing white ‘babanriga’.
Daily Nigerian said the governor had requested $5 million from contractors handling projects in the state who recorded the video.
Speaking on a program on DailyTrust TV on Wednesday after his reinstatement, Magaji said the commission couldn’t open an investigation into the case since 2018 because of Ganduje’s immunity status as governor.
When asked if the commission was going to continue its investigation of Ganduje, He said: “When I said I will investigate Ganduje’s dollar case, he was the incumbent governor…I was working under him. Let alone now that he is a former governor?”.
“So I meant every word I said. At that time, I told you we will open an investigation and we are investigating.
“But there are certain limitations, because any incumbent governor, deputy governor, president or vice president has immunity under the Nigerian constitution.
“So there was a limit to what we could do. Now, the limit is no more. The commission will do what is necessary.”