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Court Dismisses Suit Against Gov. Ganduje Over Alleged $5m Bribery Video


A Kano Division of the Federal High Court  on Monday struck out a suit filed by a human rights lawyer Bulama Bukarti seeking an order of the court compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for allegedly receiving a bribe from a contractor to the tune of $5m

The presiding Judge Justice Obiorah Egwuatu dismissed the suit for lack of evidence.

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The plaintiff in the suit Bulama Bulama approached the court praying for an order compelling the EFCC to provide a report of its forensic investigation analysis of a said video allegedly showing Abdullahi Ganduje receiving a bribe from a contractor whose face was not shown in the video.

In a ruling on Monday, Justice Egwuatu ruled that the evidence therein in the affidavit deposed to must be cogent and verifiable, which the affidavit lack.

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He explained 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.

The judge then 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.

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