EFCC boss Magu dodges question on Ganduje ‘bribe-taking videos’

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The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, dodged questions on whether Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is being investigated by the commission over his alleged bribe collection from contractors.

The acting EFCC boss had addressed journalists in Abuja to mark the successes the commission had achieved in his three years in office.

However, during the question and answer session, Magu was asked to confirm if the EFCC was investigating Ganduje who was allegedly caught on camera collecting kickbacks from contractors.

He simply said, “Next question please.”

A series of video clips leaked by Daily Nigerian have purportedly shown Ganduje collecting wads of dollar notes said to be bribes paid to him by contractors for various projects being executed in the state.

Publisher of the online newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar claimed that the governor had collected kickbacks to the tune of $5 million.

The governor has since denied the allegations, which is being probed by the state House of Assembly.

On Monday, a Kano state high court has halted the probe based on an injunction order sought by a group of legal practitioners, Lawyers for Sustainable Democracy, led by one Muhammad Zubair.

The Court adjourned the case to 21 November, 2018 and asked all parties to maintain status quo.

Also chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), had said the Kano Assembly was not competent to probe the governor, adding that only an anti-graft agency like the EFCC could do so.

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