Court dismisses bribery suit against Ganduje for lack of evidence
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has dismissed a bribery suit against the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, for lack of evidence.
The suit was filed by a Kano-based lawyer, Bulama Bukarti, who asked the court to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the governor for allegedly receiving kickback from a contractor.
The judge ruled that where the affidavit deposed to, is not countered, it is deemed admitted, the evidence therein must be cogent and verifiable.
Justice Egwuatu dismissed the case on the grounds that the evidence before the court had not shown that the EFCC has the record of the forensic analysis of the bribery videos, noting that the report ought to be given to the Kano state House of Assembly ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the matter.
This followed a series of video published by an online news medium, Daily Nigerian, which showed the governor reportedly receiving bribes from contractors.
The medium had reported that Ganduje received bales of dollars as kickbacks from contractors.
The state assembly opened an investigation into the matter but suspended the probe after another court ruled that it had no powers to investigate such criminal matter.