- Kano state commissioner for local government affairs, Murtala Garo, is currently facing interrogation by the EFCC
- The commissioner is reportedly being questioned over alleged possession of some choice properties in Kano and Abuja
- Spokesman for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, confirmed that the commissioner was indeed invited
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A report by Daily Nigerian indicates that the Kano state commissioner for local government affairs, Murtala Garo, is currently facing interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
According to the report, the commissioner is being questioned over alleged possession of some choice properties in Kano state and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Spokesman for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, confirmed the development when asked by the online newspaper.
File photo of Commissioner Garo and Governor Ganduje. Photo credit: Kano state govt
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He, however, said the commissioner was “only invited not arrested” to explain “one or two issues.”
Oyewale did not give further details on the investigation.
Sources quoted in the report, however, said the commissioner was invited by the Kano office of the anti-graft agency to explain the source of his wealth in real estate, trucks, filling stations, among others.
The incident comes weeks after a foremost non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Centre for Public Trust (CPT), commended Governor Abdullahi Gaduje for establishing the Kano state anti-corruption institute.
In a letter addressed to the governor, the group congratulated the governor for what it described as “a bold and novel initiative that is capable of transforming the governance landscape in the state.”
The group described the new anti-corruption institute as “a useful training arena for all arms of government and other stakeholders to research and learn towards evolving a homegrown anti-corruption approach that reflects the peculiarities of the Nigerian context especially Kano state.”
CPT enjoined the institute to “build partnerships with similar institutes across Africa and the world for cross-fertilization of ideas and knowledge sharing.”
Meanwhile, the federal government says it has recovered looted funds in excess of N800billion with over 1,400 convictions secured in its famed anti-corruption fight.
This was disclosed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, July 28, at a press conference in Abuja.
The minister reiterated his earlier stance that the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s fight against corruption is as strong as ever.
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