I Will Approve Prosecution of Dismissed Justice Auta, Says Kano Governor

October 12, 2016, 1:34 am

Kano State governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, on Tusday, said he would not hesitate to approve the prosecution of Justice Kabiru Auta of the State High Court if required.

Justice Auta was last week dismissed from service by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for fraudulent practices. The council also recommended him to the police for prosecution. 

While asking Ganduje to effect the dismissal, NJC also recommended that Auta should be handed over to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 1, Kano, for prosecution.

The judge was accused of collecting about N197m from Alhaji Kabiru Yakassai under the pretext that the money would be  used to help secure accommodation for a Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, who was newly appointed at the time, assuring Yakassai that he would be rewarded with a contract by the said CJN.

Auta, it was learnt, agreed to refund the sum of N95m to Yakassai,  but later admitted during his probe by the NJC panel that he only agreed to refund N35m.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa on Monday night, Ganduje said he would not only approve for Auta to be sacked but also to be tried in a law court.

"What is going on is a court case now but it is a welcome development. Mr. President is serious about corruption and that aspect is an aspect of conscience. So, the state government is behind him and effect, the state government has established an anti-corrupt outfit. They are working very hard and we are complementing the effort of the federal government.

"I will approve his being tried in the court of law not even sack. If the courts find him to be jailed, that's okay."

Asked why he was in the villa, Ganduje said his mission was to discuss security and youth unemployment with the Vice President.

"Well, you know Kano is a mega city. A mega city has got some peculiar problems of security and employment and other things. So, I came to discuss such issues especially the issue of unemployment and the efforts we are making this far and the kind of attention we need as a mega city. 

"That's briefly why I am here to discuss with the Vice President", he said.

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