N345 Million Missing In Kano Sharia Court
POLITICS DIGEST – Reports of N345 million said to have gone missing from the accounts of the Kano State Sharia Court are generating outrage among people in the state with many worrying that the development may raise questions over those charged with upholding the sanctity of the Sharia legal system in the state.
According to Daily Trust, the missing funds are said to belong to heirs and heiresses kept in the custody of the court before distribution to the rightful owners.
A radio station in the state had quoted the secretary to the court, Haruna Khalil, to have said the funds were discovered to have gone missing when the court attempted to withdraw part of the money when it discovered that only N9 million was in the account.
Reacting to Daily Trust enquiries, the public relations officer of the Kano State Sharia Court of Appeal, Isah Muhammad Kankarofi, told one of our reporters that the state Grand Khadi, Tijjani Yakasai, had reported the matter to the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC).
He said after the setting up of a panel of enquiry by the court’s management, seven computers were also discovered to be missing from the court, a move, he said must be an attempt to cover the tracks of those involved.
Similarly, the acting Chairman of the PCACC, Barrister Mahmud Balarabe, has confirmed to Daily Trust that the matter has been reported to the commission.
“They are the ones that even want us to investigate the matter. They spoke with the attorney general (of the state) and the complaint was then formally forwarded to us for investigation.
“We are investigating the matter and we have even invited some of their staff (from the court) and they issued their statements and we requested some documents which they have submitted to us.
“We have equally invited staff of the bank and they are coming tomorrow (Wednesday). We are making headway,” he said.
Balarabe said so far no one has been detained because the investigation has not gotten to the stage of establishing culpability against anyone.
Source: Daily Trust