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Bribery: Court Throws Out Case Against Ganduje



Daniel Ojukwu

A Federal High Court in Kano on Monday dismissed a suit filed by one Bulama Bukarti seeking a court order compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for allegedly receiving bribe from a contractor.

The matter was dismissed for want of substantial evidence.

Bulama had earlier sought the Court’s intervention to order the EFCC to provide a report of its forensic investigation analysis on the video showing Ganduje receiving bribe.

Justice Egwuatu ruled that “even though where the affidavit deposed to, is not countered, it is deemed admitted, the evidence therein must be cogent and verifiable.”

The judge added that “the provisions of Freedom of Information Act 2011, required that information requested must be a public record and in the custody of the instruction of organization so requested from.”

Justice Egwuatu dismissed the case on the grounds that the evidence before the court has not shown that the EFCC has the record of the forensic analysis of the bribery video allegations, noting that the report ought to be given to the Kano state House of Assembly ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the matter.

A video clip had surfaced some months back, showing Governor Ganduje allegedly receding bribe from a contractor ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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