Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has replied to the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jafar Jafar over his letter to the Inspector General of police, saying that he (Ganduje) should be held responsible if anything happens to him.
The state Governor, through the commissioner of information, Muhammad Garba said it is surprised with what the journalist has said and that Governor Gnaduje is not after anybody.
Speaking to freedom radio, Muhammad Garba said if they have any bad intention to threaten Jafar, it would happen since when the matter was very hot and trending in the state, adding that they have seen him (Jafar Jafar) coming to Kano and nothing was done to him.
He said Governor Ganduje was not referring to Jafar when he said that they will deal with anybody behind the clips but talking about the court decision “which is what we are waiting for presently.”
He added that Governor Gnaduje is seeking his right from the court and will only do what the outcome of the judgment brings.
Daily Focus recalls that Mr Jaafar had in October 2018 released a series of video clips showing Mr Ganduje collecting large sums of American dollars and inserting them into his pockets.
The journalist had alleged that the dollars being collected by the governor were kickbacks being paid to him by contractors executing various projects in the state.
But for the first time, governor Ganduje addressed the scandal in an interview with the BBC Hausa service on March, 19, 2021, where he dismissed the dollar clips as “doctored” and threatened to “deal with those” who released them.
“That video is false, there was no truth in it. Those who released the video did so with the intention to stop me from contesting and winning the 2019 elections.
“But I assure you, we are making plans to deal with those who did it even though I will not reveal what we are doing. But I assure you those who have a hand in releasing those videos will be dealt with,” Mr Ganduje told the BBC programme, “A Fada A Cika”.
However, in an apparent response to the governor’s threat, Mr Jaafar wrote a petition to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, raising concern over his safety.
Mr Jaafar submitted the petition to the IGP through his counsel, Barrister Abdullahi Gumel, PR Nigeria reports.