EFCC arrest former Kano Assembly speaker over N1.5bn allege fraud.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that its Kano Zonal Office on Tuesday arrested the Ex Speaker and presently the Minority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Isiyaku Ali Danja, over alleged abuse of office and pilfering of funds meant for constituency projects. Mr Tony Orilade, the Acting spokesman of the EFCC, said in a statement that Danja got into trouble following a petition that funds meant for payment of tax liabilities to the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) by Kano State Government were allegedly diverted and expropriated to the tune of over N1.5billion from the sub-treasury account of the state government.

 

He disclosed that several suspicious payments were allegedly traced to some beneficiaries, including some made to Allad Drilling Limited, a company in which the suspect is the only signatory. He said an investigation by the EFCC further divulged that the funds were on several occasions, personally withdrawn in cash by the suspect, while he was the only one who could officially state whether jobs were done before anyone could be payed.

 

Mr Orilade recollected that the EFCC had before this time arrested the commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Mukhtar Ishaq, for allegedly diverting funds meant for Kano Municipal Local Government while he was chairman of the said local government.

 

The commissioner was arrested by the EFCC following a petition that alleged that while he was chairman of Kano Municipal, he diverted funds that’s meant for projects, development, and empowerment of the people.

The supplicant  also alleged that Mukhtar ordered the deduction of N30,000:00 from the account of each council member without justification. Orilade stressed that Mukhtar was also alleged to have converted property of Kofar Nasarawa Primary School, Kano, into shops and sold same at the rate of N10million per shop and diverted the money to his own personal use. He concluded by saying both suspects would be charged to court when investigations are completed.

 

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