Embattled Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje, is about to face more public scrutiny as the contractor who had filmed him allegedly receiving bribes is ready to testify against him before the Kano State House of Assembly.
The governor has been in the news over the past few weeks after the publisher of Daily Nigerian, Ja’afar Ja’afar, alleged that he regularly received bribes from contractors handling projects in the state.
In a series of videos in Ja’afar’s possession, the governor was alleged to have received a total of $5 million in installments from a certain contrator on several occasions. Four different video clips have gone viral on social media showing the governor accepting bundles of dollar notes from the yet-to-be-identified contractor.
However, the contractor, writing through his lawyer, Saeed Muhd Twada, has offered to testify before the panel that was set up by the House of Assembly to investigate the allegations.
Twada said the contractor’s appearance will depend on the panel fulfilling certain conditions that includes being allowed to wear a mask, bear a pseudonym and receiving protection from authorities for himself, family and business undertakings.
He also requested that all video clips 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.
The letter lists other conditions as, “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.”
He also requested that Governor Ganduje, Ja’afar, and a certain Aminu Daurawa must be present when he makes his testimony before the panel.