The Kano state house of assembly has stopped investigating allegations that the governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, collected bribe from contractors.
Concise News reports that the development is in line with a court order. A group known as Lawyers For Sustainable Democracy in Nigeria had asked the court to compel the assembly to halt the probe.
Ruling on an ex parte application filed by one Muhammad Zubair, national coordinator of the group, Justice A.T Badamasi, had asked the lawmakers to suspend the probe but the assembly vowed not to comply with the order.
The chairman of the committee investigating the issue, Baffa Dan-Agundi, had said the court order did not stop the panel from continuing with the investigation.
His words: “We have received a court order that we should stop investigating the video clips showing Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribe,” he said.
“We had a meeting today at the assembly and according to our understanding; the court didn’t stop us from investigating the allegations; the court only said status quo be maintained. As such, we will continue with our work.”
However, on Monday, Dan-Agundi made a U-turn, telling the court that the assembly is a law-abiding arm of government, hence, it would obey the court and suspend all forms of investigation on the case pending the court judgement.
While adjourning the hearing on the matter to Wednesday, Justice Badamasi urged the committee to desist from inviting, questioning, interviewing, examining any person related to the issue.
Justice Badamasi also instructed the investigative committee to stop any form of analysis on the bribery videos.