Kano State, Nigeria was left with a big shock of revelation through the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), that the commission has arrested Dr. Abubakar Yusuf, the Ex-Commissioner for Health over $533,000 scholarship scam and his hospital sealed in the state over alleged fraudulent act and diversion of $533,000 of about N163 million.
The PCACC, Chairman, Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, disclosed this today in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
At the meeting, Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, PCACC Chairman said that the hospital, New Age Diabetic Clinic, lying, being and located at Dorayi Babba in Kano State, belonged to Dr. Abubakar Yusuf, the ex-Commissioner for Health under the former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State allegedly involved in the scholarship scam.
PCACC Chairman, Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, further disclosed that the money meant for the scholarship/bursary was part of $1.5 million of about N458 million meant for the payment of scholarship/bursary grants to 139 students sponsored by the previous administration of the former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to study at Al-Mansuora International University, Egypt.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, PCACC Chairman said that the commission’s attention was drawn to the development following complaints received, non-payment of the allowances by the students from Kano State. That commission conducted investigation into the whistle that was blown by the students over the fraud and scam of the ex-commissioner under the previous administration of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
The Chairman of PCACC said that the scholarship/bursary allowances covered the academic session of 2012 to 2014 student’s tuition and accommodation fees of the students from Kano State.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, Chairman of PCACC said that the subsequent seizure of $200,000 of about N61 million by authorities at the Cairo International Airport from a Nigerian bound for Kano was also directly linked to the ex-commissioner.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, Chairman of PCACC further said that the Dr. Abubakar Yusuf, the Ex-Commissioner for Health had confessed his connection to the seized $200,000.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, Chairman of PCACC said that at the interrogation of the Dr. Abubakar Yusuf, he said that “The money was meant to finance a company they created but could not provide the source of the fund and the reason for the attempt to smuggle it into the country,’’.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, disclosed that in the course of investigation one of the directors at the Kano State Ministry of Health confirmed that he served the ex-commissioner Dr. Abubakar Yusuf with the money sourced from the consultant to the students’ scholarship scheme”. That the consultant collected $1.5 million from the Kano State Government for the scholarship/bursary scheme, but how the fund was disbursed remained suspicious.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, Chairman of PCACC also said that “This is an act punishable under sections 22, 23, 40 and 41 of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Law 2008 (as amended)”.
That the law empowers the commission to seize any money or property suspected to have been acquired fraudulently or corruptly.
That such fraudulently acquired funds, assets or property belonging to the suspects under investigation shall remain in the custody of the commission pending final court verdict or at the discretion of the anti-graft agency.
Mr. Muhuyi Rimingado, Chairman of PCACC further reviewed that the commission’s commitment to ensure justice, equity and fairness to all and sundry in the discharge of its mandate is paramount.
The Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission further urge the public servants to ceased and desists from all form of corrupts practices, that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would not give room for fraudulent acts and corruption.