Contractor behind Ganduje’s bribery videos accepts to testify before investigative panel

The contractor behind the videos showing Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano allegedly stashing large sums of dollar notes as bribes has expressed readiness to testify before the seven-man investigative panel of the Kano House of Assembly panel currently probing the matter.

As contained in a letter sent to the Chairman of the Investigative panel, through his lawyer, Saeed Muhd Twada, the contractor referred to as a ‘whistleblower’ said his allegation against Ganduje is strictly personal and demanded among a number of conditions that the panel must also have in attendance the governor, Jaafar Jaafar, publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, and one Aminu Daurawa.

Other listed conditions he wants fulfilled before his appearance include:

“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.”

“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 development is coming days after a High court in Kano on Monday ordered the state house of assembly to stop investigating the allegations against Ganduje following a legal action undertaken by a pro-democracy group called Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria.

The panel has however insisted that there was no going back on the probe, citing constitutional provisions as support for its assignment.

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