Ganduje denies stashing public funds, threatens Sahara Reporters with legal action over report on financial crimes
The government of Kano State has demanded an apology from Sahara Reporters, an online news medium, for mentioning Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as one of the three governors accused of stashing public funds.
Kano State commissioner for information, Muhammed Garba, revealed this in a statement he made available to journalists on Sunday.
The statement alleged that Sahara Reporters reported that Ganduje was among the three governors said to be on the watchlist of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for some alleged financial crimes.
Garba, in the statement, threatened to take legal action against the publishers if they failed to retract the story and apologise to the government.
The statement condemned the report, saying it lacked substance of an investigative story, claiming that it was a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the governor and the state.
Kano State, it said, was amongst the few states of the federation that consistently paid its workers’ salary as and when due.
“Gov. Ganduje has not acquired any billions of naira, stashed away any fund that could be used for workers’ salary in an era of e-banking services,” the statement said.
What Sahara Reporters reported
SaharaRepoters has quoted “multiple sources” on Friday to have identified the governors that EFCC was trailing as Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
EFCC boss, Abdulrashid Bawa, had alleged that some governors were devising means to launder money they stashed in houses, adding his commission was closely monitoring three of them.
He said intelligence at the disposal of the commission showed that the three governors had concluded plans to inject the money into the system through the payment of workers’ salaries.
“Let me tell you something, the Intel that I have yesterday and I would want you to take this thing very seriously. Already, some state governors that have some of this cash stashed in various houses and the rest are now trying to pay salaries in cash in their state,” he had said.
But, the EFCC boss refused to disclose the identity of the three governors.
SaharaReporters however said a source at the EFCC revealed the governors to its reporters.
“The three governors we are monitoring are Governors Wike, Matawalle and Kano’s Ganduje. Billions of naira stashed in their homes in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano have been discovered,” the source was quoted to have said.
“These three state governors were caught trying to move these huge sums of notes kept in their residences after the CBN announced its decision to redesign the naira notes.
“They are in billions; that of Ganduje is purely kept in Kano but he has used some parts to pay for a hotel he’s building in Abuja. The hotel is at the back of the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre.”
“Zamfara governor, Matawalle kept his own in some houses he owns in Abuja while Wike has his own kept in Abuja and Port Harcourt,” one of the sources said.
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