Barely four months ago, when the operatives of the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, moved against the speaker of the Kano state House of Assembly, Gambo Salau, and all the principal officers as well as the Clerk,over allegations of corruption, there is strong indication that the anti- graft agency will move against the secretary to the state government, the commissioner for local government affairs and seven members of the state Assembly in connection of a fresh N240 billion local scam.
The speaker and all other principal officers were late last year arrested and moved to the EFCC office in Kano and later transferred to Abuja for what the operatives called “questioning.”
A highly placed source at the EFCC yesterday said that the operatives of the EFCC are currently working on series of petitions written against the embattled Governor of Kano state Rabiu Kwankwaso by some prominent sons of the state amounting to a whopping sum of N240billion local government funds.
This action is not only despicable and absurd but also capable of igniting crisis in the polity, thereby breaching the relative peace that is being enjoyed in Kano state. It is regrettable that the EFCC is allowing itself to be a tool of witch-hunt in the hands of the powers that be.”
But the commissioner in charge of the local government said that the law makers being investigated in Abuja were merely responding to an invitation to be able to respond to allegations of fraud raised by a petitioner against them.
According to the source, the SSG,Commissioner and the lawmakers will be grilled by the operatives of the EFCC on how a whopping sum of N240billion develop wings in the confer of the local government account.
The law makers that were interrogated in the late last year arrest by EFCC included the Speaker, Gambo Salau, his Deputy, Majority leader, Hamisu Ibrahim, Deputy Majority leader, Minority leader, Deputy minority leader, the Chief Whip, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Chairman, House Committee on Finance and the Clerk of the Assembly.
The EFCC operatives, who were backed by two Armoured Personnel Carriers and 20 regular policemen had earlier in the morning took over the premises of the Assembly Complex located at Audu Bako Secretariat in anticipation of the arrival of the lawmakers due to sit and consider a N28 billion supplementary budget sent to them just a week before passage by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Shortly after the unsuspecting lawmakers trickled into the complex and commenced the business of the day, the operatives quickly served the Speaker an invitation letter that was subsequently read to the lawmakers.
However, the controversial N28 billion supplementary budget passed through the first and second reading before it was passed into law by the legislators during tension-soaked session.
Confirming the arrests, last year,the EFCC spokesman, said they had a petition from an unnamed petitioner alleging that the N28 billion supplementary budget before the lawmakers was an attempt to siphon public funds and not really meant to serve any public good.