EFCC quizzes Kano Assembly speaker, 10 others

By The Rainbow

Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly and 10 members of the assembly have been quizzed by the Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Speaker, Alhaji Gambo Sallau, and his mates were called up for interrogation by financial crimes agency for interrogation  .

The  letter  inviting the principal officers was dated, Monday 23, 2013.

It  was signed by the EFCC's Head of Operations in Kano,  Ishaq Salihu, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Kano.

According to the letter,  the commission said
The letter, which was addressed to the Clerk of the House, who was also among those invited, explained that the affected officers were being  investigated in a case in which the affected lawmakers featured prominently.  It requested him to release the members for interview by the undersigned officer.

His words: ''In view of this, you are requested to release them (Officers) to be interviewed by the under signed at No. 2 Hajj Camp Road,  Kano, today, December 23, 2013 by 10:00 a.m prompt.''

The letter, with reference number CR:3000/EFCC/KNZ/EG/TA/VOL.10/123, listed the affected officers as: Alhaji Gambo Sallau, Speaker, Isiyaku Ali Danja, Deputy Speaker, Chief Whip, Deputy Chief Whip and the  Majority Leader.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Chairman, Committee on Finance and Clerk of the House were among those invited by the anti-graft agency.

There reports on Monday that the invitees had been taken to Abuja for further questioning.

In a swift reaction, Governor of Kano State dabbed theaction as witch-hunting.

Addressing the media  the Government House Kano, on Monday, at Kwankwaso , said, 'we leave them for Allah to judge them on their mischief.

'The Government of Kano State has noted with utter disappointment and surprise, the arrest today (Monday) by the EFCC, of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Gambo Sallau, principal officers and the Clerk of the House.'

According to governor, the public officials were apparently arrested in connection with the budget amendment of 2013 of the state government, which had already been signed into law by the state governor, Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso.

The governor observed that the Speaker and his colleagues are only exercising their constitutional responsibilities of ensuring that budgets are properly articulated, to ensure probity and accountability in public expenditure, so that in the end, the citizens enjoy dividends of democracy.

His words 'It is Chrystal clear that the above mentioned public officials were arrested by the EFCC on the orders from the above, because of the legislators' defection to APC, in support of Governor Kwankwaso',

This action is obviously to intimidate and cow them into submission for choosing to move to the progressive fold.

This action is not only despicable and absurd but also capable of igniting crisis in the polity, thereby breaching the relative peace that is being enjoyed in Kano state', he added.

Kwankwaso said, it is regrettable that the EFCC is allowing itself to be a tool of witch-hunt in the hands of powers that be.

Arrested alongside the Speaker, Alh. Gambo Sallau, are the Deputy Speaker, Isyaku Ali Danja, the Chief Whip, the Deputy Chief Whip, Majority Leader and Deputy Majority Leader.

The rest are the Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Chairman House Committee on Finance and Clerk of the House. Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, mni, fnge Director of Press and Public Relations to the Executive Governor.