The Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCAC) of Kano State said it has recovered about N300m between January 2021 till date.
Chairman of the agency, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado disclosed this in a chat with Daily Trust in Lagos on the sidelines of the 25th Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) organized by HEDA Resource Centre with the theme, “Assessing the Fight against corruption in Nigeria (2015-2020).”
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Daily Trust reports that the money is more than half of the N530m the commission recovered in 2020.
The chairman said however that the commission was not solely after the arrest and prosecution of offenders but to create awareness among the people on the evil of corruption and contribute to the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
He clarified that the agency was not competing with any anti-graft agency in Nigeria, noting that the state prides itself as the first to have institutionalized the fight against corruption.
According to him, apart from several recoveries made by the commission, it has equally saved the people billions of naira through intervening in arbitrary price increases by traders.
He said, “We have our annual report in which I believe in 2020, it’s there to speak for us. We are not only after how we recover funds per se, we have one case that at least saved billions of Naira, that is the issue of price increase in Kano.
“We intervened in that and virtually all and sundry are happy and appreciate what the commission did and based on our intervention, we saved the Kano people and by extension other northern states that solely depend on Kano for essential services.
“Recently, we stopped hoarding of petroleum where virtually all the major states including Lagos and Abuja suffered shortage of fuel on the insinuation that pump price will increase. When we intervened in Kano, we were able to stop that.
“In 2020, we were able to recover about N530m, we recovered nothing less than 400 plots of lands, vehicles and much more.
“In this year alone, we have recovered nothing less than N300m. So we are making progress and we are not only after recovery, prosecution, arrest but we are after creating awareness so that people will be conscious of how to contribute their own quota in the fight against corruption in this country and that is what we are doing and we are making progress in that aspect.”