Governor Ganduje

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said the Kano House of Assembly is not equipped to investigate Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

A viral video had purportedly shown the governor collecting dollars as kickbacks from contractors, a development which prompted an investigation by the state assembly which invited the governor to testify.

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However, a Kano State High Court ruled on Monday that the Assembly should stop the probe immediately.

Speaking to Punch on Tuesday, Sagay said an investigation of such a video would require forensic analysis which the legislative arm of government was not competent to carry out.

Sagay said: “The fact that somebody on social media which is full of lies and hate attacks against people says so does not prove that such has happened.

“Personally, I would like to see the contractor come out and say ‘yes I am the one and I gave him so and so amount’. I would like to see that but that has not yet happened. In any case, when it comes to the investigation of the governor, I think we have institutions that have been established for that. We have the EFCC particularly for that.

“I don’t really understand what role the House of Assembly wanted to place on itself. It is not equipped to do investigations of the sort because it could be forensic.

“So, in other words, there is still a cloud over the whole thing and I am not ready to jump to any conclusion until I am confident that some wrong has been done.”

When asked if the legislative arm of government could not investigate the governor as part of its oversight functions, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said the job of the Assembly was to carry out oversight functions and not to investigate state executives.