The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Mukhtar Ishaq, a serving commissioner in the cabinet of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over fraud-related crime.

The suspect who currently serves as commissioner for special duties in the state was said to have been arrested over alleged N86 million fraud.

Tony Orilade, acting spokesman of EFCC, in a statement on Friday, said the commissioner’s arrest was based on a petition against him for allegedly diverting N76 million meant for projects, development, and empowerment of the people.


The EFCC spokesperson said Ishaq allegedly diverted funds from Kano municipal local government while he was the chairman.

According to the petitioner, the commissioner allegedly ordered the deduction of N30,000 from the account of each council member without justification.

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“The commissioner is also alleged to have converted property of Kofar Nasarawa Primary School, Kano, into shops and sold same at the rate of N10million per shop and diverted the money to personal use,” the statement read.

Orilade said Ishaq would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.