The ongoing saga of the bribery allegations levelled against the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje continues unabated with the contractors behind the videos ready to testify before a panel in the state House of Assembly.
The contractor sent a letter to the chairman of the investigative panel through his lawyer, Saeed Muhd Twada, who informed the allegations against Ganduje is strictly personal and it would be appreciated if the governor also appears in person before the panel.
It can be recalled an online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, published a series of videos depicting Ganduje reportedly receiving bribes from contractors but the governor has vehemently maintained his innocence.
The Kano assembly subsequently set up a seven-man committee to investigate the allegation.
According to the anonymous contractor, his appearance before the panel will be pursuant on the fulfilment of some conditions outlined in the letter.
One of the conditions is that all the video clips will 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, while their bills will be paid for by the state.
The letter reads: “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.
“That the sitting be restricted to limited persons and that our client should be allowed to wear mask, bear pseudo name and receive protection from authorities for himself, family and business undertakings.”
The contractor also requested the presence of the publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar, and one Aminu Daurawa at the hearing.