Ganduje threatens to sue online medium over alleged bribery video

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The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday threatened to sue Daily Nigerian, an online news medium, over a video allegedly showing him of involvement in $5 million bribery scam.

The video was said to be showing him collecting bribe from suspected contractors.

But in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the governor said the claims were untrue.

He also described the video as cloned.

 “We wish to state that there is no iota of truth to these allegations and if there is any such alleged video, it is at best cloned.

“The government of Kano State is taking this matter seriously and will exploit every appropriate and legal avenue to ensure that it gets to the root of the matter and the perpetrators brought to book,” the commissioner said.

But in a statement by the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Jaafar Jaafar, a spy camera was planted on a contractor to achieve the video.

Jaafar Jaafar has since gone underground following alleged threat to his life.

His words:  “During a 10-month effort to capture the bribe giving/taking scenes, the governor’s face and body were clearly captured in nine clips, while six others did not clearly reveal the governor’s face.

 “About $5 million dollars were delivered to the governor during the sting operation. One of the contractors, who preferred not to be named, said the reason he collaborated with Daily Nigerian was to expose corruption and bring sanity to the country.

 “The contractor stated that if his aim was to blackmail or extort the governor, he would have used the videos to get over a billion settlement or force the governor to pay the hundreds of millions of naira the state was owing to his company or force him to pay back all the money he paid as kickbacks.

“We believe if public office holders are exposed, there will be sanity in the system.”