The Northern Coordinator of Almushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability (AITA) Mr. Auwal Musa Kura, who represented AITA NGO to monitor corruption leveled against the governor of Kano State governor, His Excellency Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in which video Ganduje was seen collecting huge sums of money in bundles.
Mr. Auwal Musa Kura said that while the publisher of the online newspaper Mr. Jaafar Jaafar, who first published the video, insists the video is genuine as he has carried out all necessary findings about the video before publishing it; Ganduje on his part rejected this claim calling it a cheap political blackmail.
AITA’s findings revealed that the giver of the said bribe is one of the contractors that carry out projects in Kano state, who is a friend of the exposer and publisher Mr. Jaafar Jaafar. The identity of the said contractor is withheld for security reasons and been backed up by whistleblower laws that protects the identity of the blower if he/she so choses to remain anonymous, sources revealed to AITA’ northern office that the said contractor had earlier complained to his friend Mr. Jaafar Jaafar about the governor’s persistent request for bribe before contracts are been awarded. Mr. Jaafar, in response to his friend’s complaint insisted that his friend (the contractor) must have a proof for the complaint without which nothing can be done. Sources said it was based on this demand made by Jaafar Jaafar to obtain a proof that led to the planting of a secret bio-camera that caught the governor red handed.
Owning to this tense climax where the exposer Jaafar Jaafar insisted that the video is genuine of its content while the alleged bribery accused governor’s continual denial, the state assembly has invited experts in Audio/Visual technology to ascertain the authenticity of the video.
Me while, an Abuja-based lawyer Mr. Abubakar Sani has filed a suit before the federal high court in kano, praying the court to stop the Kano state house of Assembly from continuing its ongoing investigations into the bribery allegations leveled against the governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in a suit marked FHC/KN/CS/167/2018 on November 9. Many critics and anti-graft agencies believed this suit file is been sponsored by the accused governor to divert the attention of the public from this high profile corruption investigating, arguing that if the governor’s continual denial of the said allegations is anything to go by, why praying the high court to restrain the state assembly from showing forth transparency?
As an anti-graft NGO, AITA remains concerned with this development and monitoring continues at all levels as the national president of AITA His Excellency Ambassador Aminu A. Majidadi has directed the northern coordinator Mr. Auwal Musa Kura to keep close until justice is executed.
Latest developments and other high profile corruption cases come your way in the November publication of DE-AITA COMMUNICATION LTD monthly magazine soon to hit the public.