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Alleged bribery: Court Dismisses Case Against Ganduje

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Monday has dismissed a bribery suit filed 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 mandate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Ganduje for allegedly receiving kickback from a contractor.

Report gathered reveals Bulama approached the court, seeking an order to ask EFCC to provide report of its forensic investigation analysis on a video showing Ganduje receiving bribe from an unknown contractor ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The presiding judge, 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.”

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, nothing that the report ought to be given to the Kano state House of Assembly ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the matter.

 

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