- The EFCC has uncovered some fraudulent activities by a commissioner in Kano, Mukhtar Ishaq,
- Until his arrest on Friday, February 21, Ishaq served under the ministry of special duties in the state
- The suspect was alleged to have embezzled the sum of N76 million meant for human development
A serving commissioner in Kano under the ministry of special duties, Mukhtar Ishaq, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the state.
Ishaq's arrest came after the agency's reception of confirmed reports that he diverted the sum of N76 million while he was the chairman of Kano municipal local government area.
On its official Facebook page, the antigraft agency reported that the said sum was slated for projects, development and empowerment of residents and indigenes of the area.
According to the petitioner, Ishaq ordered the deduction of N30,000 from the account of each council member without justification.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Hussaini Abubakar, a former staff of the EFCC, had been convicted of stealing.
Legit.ng gathered that the Justice S.C Amadi of the Rivers state high court, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, February 19, convicted Abubakar and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment.
In a tweet on its official Twitter handle, @officialEFCC, Nigeria's leading anti-graft agency reported that Abubakar was also handed a N150,000 (One hundred and fifty thousand naira ) option of fine, for stealing, contrary to section 383 (1) and punishable under section 390 of the criminal code CAP 37 vol. II Laws of Rivers state of Nigeria, 1999.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the fraud case filed against former Benue governor, Gabriel Suswam, by the agency had taken another dimension on Wednesday, February 19.
Suswam was prosecuted over money laundering charges to the tune of N3.1 billion alongside a former commissioner, Okolobia Okpanachi.
The suit was being heard by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja until Wednesday when the Court of Appeal ruled that the case be returned to Justice Ahmed Mohammed who started the trial.
Justice Mohammed had recused himself from the case after he was accused of collecting bribe from Suswam.
However, Suswam's lawyer, Chinelo Ogbozor, challenged the reassignment at the appeal court on the grounds that prior notice was not given before the judge recused himself.
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