Ganduje’s aide accused of pocketing allowance belonging to Islamic clerics who prayed against COVID-19

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje’s Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, Ali Baba Fagge, has been accused of inappropriate financial dealings by the state’s anti-graft commission.⁣
Chairman of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (KPCACC), Muhuyi Magaji, at a media briefing on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 accused Fagge of foul play.⁣

Ganduje had in July summoned 350 Islamic clerics to the Government House to hold a special prayer session against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).⁣
The clerics were to be paid an allowance of N50,000 each, but Fagge allegedly pocketed a large share of the allowances of the 10 clerics he was charged with paying.⁣
“Seven out of those 10 people had their allowances given to them by the government retrieved and it was so disheartening,” Magaji.⁣
The anti-graft commission boss said the sum of N310,000 has been retrieved from Fagge and returned to the clerics.⁣
He said the KPCACC is still investigating if there are similar complaints with other clerics who were paid the allowance for the special prayer session.⁣
Magaji said the issue has taken a political dimension because the agency has not investigated someone very close to the government before.⁣

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