A Coalition of Civil Liberty Organisations in Kano State has advised the embattled state Chairman of anti-corruption agency, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, to submit himself to the police as directed by a High court Judge in the state.
Addressing journalists on their stance on the crisis rocking the two critical institutions in the state, the Chairman of Voice and Accountability Platform, Isiyaku Ahmed, on behalf of the coalition, urged both parties to sheathe their swords.
He said: “As a boss of an agency that invites people for questioning, the chairman should be a shining example of a perfect law officer by submitting himself before the law in this circumstance.”
A Kano High Court last Monday ordered the arrest of Chairman, Kano State Public Complain and Anti-corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimigado, over an alleged contempt of the court.
The presiding Judge, Justice Muhammad Yahaya, also ordered the AIG Zone 1 in Kano to arrest and produce Rimigado before the court on July 18, 2018.
“The entire situation is uncalled for especially when it involves the sensitive institutions responsible for the fight against corruption.
“While we also recognised the right of the court to summon the anti-corruption chairman as a witness or defendant as the case may be, we call on both parties to conduct themselves within the dictates of the law.”
The coalition further called for the intervention the state executive council, the legislators and the judiciary to treat this matter with utmost care in order not to undermine the integrity of the anti-corruption agency of the state.
Members of the Coalition of Kano Civil Society Organisations Against Corruption present at the briefing include Voice Against Corruption in Nigeria; Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability; Citizen Voice Against Corruption; Voice and Accountability Platform and Kano Youth Parliament.
Others were Organisation for Community Civic Engagement; Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Social Vices; Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Aminu Kano International Foundation, and Centre for Research and Documentation.