Bribery: Ganduje refuses to appear before Kano assembly

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has refused to appear before the committee constituted by the state’s House of Assembly to investigate an alleged $5 million bribery against the governor.

In four video footages by an online media platform, Daily Nigeria, Ganduje was seen receiving wads of cash, allegedly kickbacks, from contractors handling state projects.

The governor failed to honour the committee set up by the house to probe the allegations against him but instead sent Kano State’s commissioner of information, Muhammad Garba, who told the committee that the bribery allegation against his boss was damaging to his personality.

“His Excellency has categorically and unapologetically denied collection of bribe as alleged by Daily Nigerian. His Excellency has not collected and will never collect bribe. The allegation is injurious and damaging to his personality,” Garba said.

“We were able to read the invitation extended to His Excellency. After analysing the content of the letter critically we were able to identify three options. Either His Excellency responds in writing, sends representative or appears himself.

“Because of (the) high respect His Excellency has (for) the committee and the assembly, he opted for the second option. That is why I am here to represent him,” he added.

He also urged the committee to exercise caution in handling the allegation, in view of the similar allegation by the publisher of the Daily Nigerian. The Daily Nigerian published similar allegations against former governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau, and Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi ll.

Meanwhile, the Publisher of the online media platform, Ja’afar Ja’afar, last Monday appeared before the panel investigating the alleged bribery video footage testified and re-affirmed before the Baffa Babba DanAgundi-led committee the authenticity of the video clips. He said the evidence was received from a whistle-blower

However, the Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Ibrahim Mukhtar commended the committee for being just and fair in the ongoing investigation.

Mukhtar further stated that “the way the invitation to the governor was crafted, shows fairness by providing multiple options to His Excellency either to appear himself, send representative or (a) written statement,”

The chairman of the committee, therefore, said the panel will invite graphic experts to watch the video clips on Tuesday, along with governor’s lawyers and Jaafar at an undisclosed location.

He assured to be just and fair to the parties involved.

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