Strong indications have emerged in Kano, that plans have been concluded to probe the Foreign Scholarship Scheme initiated by the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Recall, that reports have been making rounds that Kwanwaso is making preparation to announce his intention to contest the 2019 Presidency, on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Executive Chairman of Kano State Anti-Corruption and Public Complaints Commission, Alhaji Muhuyi Magaji, in a Press Conference, in his office, on Monday, alleged that Kwankwaso’s administration used the Scholarship Scheme as a cover up to launder State funds in hard currency.
Muhuyi revealed that investigation by his Agency and the International Police, indicated that a former Commissioner and a Permanent Secretary in Kwankwaso’s administration, connived with a Consultant and laundered $600,000 State funds, in the name of the scholarship scheme.
He said efforts are being made to recover the stolen funds, just as he advised Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to scrap the programme.
He described the Foreign Scholarship Scheme of the past administration of the State, as a monumental scam and colossal fraud
According to him, investigations by the Commission over the sponsorship of Kano students to Egypt, revealed that a former Commissioner and Permanent Secretary (names withheld) in the past administration, conspired with a Consultant, to allegedly defraud the State of huge amounts of foreign currencies, running into millions of dollars.
“From the available evidence at our disposal, there are some people, who are directly or indirectly benefiting from the said funds here in Kano, and are making frantic efforts to ensure status quo is maintained, to cover their atrocities.
“It is the opinion of this Commission, that the entire scholarship process is characterised with fraud, and the perpetrators are continually taking measures/advantage, to ensure that their atrocities are covered up.”
Muhuyi, lamented that efforts by the Commission to dissuade the State Government to halt the Scheme, so as to rescue it from losing millions of dollars to the scam, proved abortive.
Following this development, the Commission in collaboration with Interpol and other relevant Agencies, are working assiduously to retrieve the alleged millions of dollars in Scholarship scam, paid by the past administration to a Consultant.