The video of Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, allegedly receiving bribe, amounting to about $5million from contractors in the state, has finally been released by Daily Nigerian newspaper.
Governor Ganduje reportedly receives from 15 to 25% kickbacks for every project executed in the state, and according to some contractors, the sting operation to capture the governor on camera began two years ago when one of the contractors agreed with DAILY NIGERIAN request to plant spy camera on his kaftan lapel while offering the bribe.
However after 10 months efforts 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.One of the contractors who pleaded anonymity, stated that he collaborated with the news platform to expose corruption and bring sanity to the country. It was gathered that about $5m dollars were delivered to the governor during the sting operation.
“If my aim is to blackmail or extort the governor, I would have used the videos get over a billion settlement or force the governor to pay the hundreds of millions of naira the state is owing my company or force him to pay back all the money I paid him as kickbacks,” he said.
“We believe if public office holders are exposed, there will be sanity in the system even if I will not be the beneficiary in future. However, even before the release of the video, the Kano state government had dismissed it as “cloned” document meant to blackmail and extort the governor.
“We wish to state that there is no iota of truth to these allegations and if indeed there is any such alleged video, it is at best cloned,” the Kano state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, said in a statement.
“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 are brought to book.”
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