Why Kano anti-graft agency can’t invite Ganduje over dollar videos
Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-corruption Commission (PCACC) on Thursday said it has invited the former governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to appear before it next week.
Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, said he had sent a letter of invitation to the ex-governor, asking him to come and provide necessary information on an ongoing investigation connected to some videos published online where Ganduje was alleged to be receiving bribes from a contractor.
PCACC said it has launched an investigation into the bribery saga, an investigation Rimingado refused to carry out at the appropriate time, as he dismissed the videos as ‘doctored’ and incapable of meeting what he called ‘legal scrutiny’ in 2021. He appears to have changed his mindset after falling out of favour with the ex-governor.
Rimingado can’t invite Ganduje now – Garba
In response to PCACC’s invitation to Ganduje, former commissioner of information in the state, Mohammed Garba has dismissed the summon as inappropriate.
Garba told BBC Hausa that Rimingado, being a lawyer, is supposed to know that such an invitation at this time will amount to subjudice, as there is a pending case before a court of competent jurisdiction on the videos.
Mohammed said “The matter is currently being handled by the court, and being a lawyer himself, Muhuyi is well aware of the appropriate action to take.
“We are closely observing the situation to see how it unfolds. As a lawyer, Muhuyi is best equipped to determine whether he has the legal authority to investigate the matter that is before the court.”
He added that it is strictly a legal matter, and that it is the law, not political interest that will prevail.
Of course, Ganduje had earlier instituted a suit before a High Court of the FCT where the videos in questions are part of the subject matter in the case.
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