The unnamed whistle-blower who captured video clips purporting to show Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje collecting wads of dollars notes alleged to be bribes from contractors has offered conditions for his appearance before the Kano State House of Assembly panel probing the issue.
In a letter submitted to the committee through his lawyer Sa’eed Muhammad TudunWada, the whistle-blower requested Sheik Aminu Daurawa, a respected cleric with large following, and also the head of the state’s Hisbah board, to witness his testimony against Ganduje.
Daurawa had recently issued a fierce sermon urging the investigative panel, headed by Dr. Bappa Babba Dan-Agundi, to thoroughly probe the case against the governor and expose the truth without fear or favor.
Citing religious edicts, the cleric described bribery and corruption as one of the worst ills of the society, saying Allah has cursed both a bribe giver and taker.
The Sheik added that the allegation of bribe-taking against Ganduje has embarrassed well-meaning citizens of Kano state.
The whistleblower said his allegation against Ganduje is “strictly personal” and that he would appreciate if the governor also appears in person at the panel.
One of the conditions is that all the video clips will be submitted to two experts for forensic analysis and report: one, a serving officer of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the other an expatriate, while their bills will be paid for by the state.
“That a Certified True Copy of the Report(s) prepared by the experts shall be made available to our client prior to his appearance,” the letter read.
“That our client has undertaken to surrender to the experts, the device used in capturing all the events in the video clips submitted and others yet to be submitted for discreet analysis and scrutiny.
“That all the proposed questions to be asked by the panel in the anticipated session shall not be more than TEN (10) and shall be forwarded to our client in advance.
“That the sitting be restricted to limited persons and that our client should be allowed to wear mask, bear pseudo name and receive protection from authorities for himself, family and business undertakings.”
The contractor also demanded that the panel must also have in attendance the governor, Jaafar Jaafar, publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, and one Aminu Daurawa.
The Assembly, under the leadership of Alhaji Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, constituted a committee on October 15 to establish the authenticity of the videos.
Jaafar during his appearance before the committee on October 15 insisted that the videos were genuine.
Ganduje has since denied the allegations of bribe-taking leveled against him.
The state Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba while reading out the written response to the Committee, said, “I have the instruction of His Excellency, the Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR) to write as follows:
“That His Excellency, the Governor of Kano state categorically and unequivocally denied the allegation of collecting bribe from contractors as alleged by the publisher of the online newspaper, Daily Nigerian.”