EFCC arrests commissioner for allegedly diverting N76 million

Kano state Commissioner for special duties, Alhaji Mukhtar Ishaq has been arrested by the Kano Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) for allegedly diverting N76 million.

Alhaji Mukhtar Ishaq was arrested on Thursday and grilled for committing the alleged fraud while he was chairman of Kano Municipal local government area of the state.

According to a statement signed and issued by EFCC’s spokesperson, Tony Orilade on Friday said, Mr Ishaq’s trouble followed “a petition which stated that he allegedly diverted N76,000,000 meant for projects, development and empowerment of the people while he was Chairman, Kano Municipal.

It was stated that the petitioner had alleged that the commissioner ordered the deduction of N30,000 from the account of each council member without justification.

It was further stated by the statement that the Commissioner is also alleged to have converted property of Kofar Nasarawa Primary School, Kano, into shops and sold same at the rate of N10 million per shop and diverted the money to personal use.

However, the statement revealed that Mr Ishaq would be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

It would be recalled that in 2019, a special adviser to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on special duties Hamza Darma presented a petition to EFCC accusing Mr Ishaq of misappropriation of public funds.

Mr Darma is a political associate to Sha’aban Sharada, a former personal assistant to President Buhari on broadcast media and presently chairman, house committee on internal security in the House of Representatives.

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