Following public anger and rebuke, Chairman of Kano State Public Complain and Anti-corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado has apologised to the state judiciary for threatening to arrest a High Court Judge.
Crisis broke out between Rimingado and the judiciary when he accused the High Court Judge of Gezawa Judicial Division, Mohammed Yahaya of sabotaging the commission’s probe against alleged money laundry of N100 million, involving the erstwhile Accountant General of the state, Aisha Bello.
The relationship between the two bodies had since soured, situation that prompted Rimingado to deem it wise to douse the tension for the interest of peace in the state.
Addressing reporters at his office on Tuesday, Rimingado said he believed that the judiciary does not need anti-corruption commission for its survival, but the commission needs the judiciary to operate and above all, the society needs both for development.
“Three (3) years ago the Commission was re-invigorated to serve the purpose for which it was created and for all these years that the Commission was re-structured it has enjoyed cordial working relationship with all the stake holders in the criminal justice administration.
“On this note, and in the interest of peace and stability, I wish to without to prejudice to the power and function of this commission to apologise to the judiciary and any other person that may have been offended by my statements.
“Though not excusable all that was credited to me was not out of disrespect to the judiciary but due to the honest and ardent need to ensure that justice is mated out. All that has happened is highly regretted and I take full responsibility of the action,”
The anti-graft agent continued also commended the state House of Assembly for enacting the anti-corruption law, praising the state executive arm of government for creating enabling environment for Commission to operate.
He however urged the judicial arm of government in the interest of the state to preserve and support the Commission to serve the purpose of its mandate, noting that fighting corruption is not a “one-man business”.
“Fighting corruption is not a one-man business. I therefore enjoin all to join hands with the Commission in fighting the menace of corruption.
“Finally, our determination to fight corruption in the state remains resolute and undaunted. We appreciate the support of the public towards our operation and we will do our best to deliver our mandate within the confine of the law,” he said