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APC Chairman Ganduje Faces Fresh Probe Over Alleged Diversion of N51bn 

APC national chairman Ganduje is expected to receive a formal invitation regarding the investigation of alleged diversion of N51 billion.

The Kano state anti-corruption and public complaints commission has disclosed new allegations against the national chairman of the All-Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The chairman of the anti-corruption agency Muhuyi Magaji, revealed in an interview on Tuesday that the commission is probing a case involving the alleged diversion of N51 billion during the Ganduje administration’s tenure as governor of Kano from 2015 to 2023.

Magaji explained that towards the end of Ganduje’s administration, N1 billion intended for road rehabilitation was withdrawn from the state’s accounts but allegedly redirected elsewhere.

He stated, “What is happening now is a tip of the iceberg. As I am talking to you, we are investigating a case whereby N51.3 billion local government funds were directly taken from the government coffers and sent to other individuals, and we traced it to people.

“We have piled a series of cases. We have a case whereby N1 billion in April last year (2023) was removed from government coffers under the allocation of renovating 30 roads in the metropolis and it was taken away, sent to Bureau de Change.

“We have a case of N4 billion whereby it was sent from the consolidated revenue account of Kano state to an agricultural company. All these cases are before the court”

Magaji stressed that the commission remains apolitical and is committed to combating corruption. He highlighted his appointment by Ganduje in 2015 and subsequent re-appointment in 2020 as a testament to the agency’s non-partisan stance.

The former governor is expected to receive a formal invitation regarding the investigation.

When contacted for comment, Edwin Olofu, Ganduje’s spokesperson, declined to provide a statement.

Earlier on Monday, executives in Ganduje’s APC ward suspended him from the party over corruption allegations. However, the APC in Kano later nullified the suspension and imposed a six-month suspension on the executives responsible.

Chioma Kalu

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