The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it cannot probe Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is accused of receiving millions of dollars in bribe because he enjoys constitutional immunity from criminal proceedings.
Concise News reports that the development is coming amid bribery allegations against the Kano state governor.
An online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, had published video clips of the governor allegedly receiving bundles of dollars as kickbacks from contractors. The clips generated reactions with the opposition calling for the governor’s resignation.
Speaking on the possibility of probing the governor, EFCC wrote: “The governor is still serving and constitutionally is covered by immunity. Being that as it may, the matter is in the instance sub judice,” the EFCC posted from its Twitter handle Thursday, during a tweet meet organised by Tap Nitiative for Citizens Development, a public accountability think-tank.
When Tap Nitiative demanded a further explanation because the EFCC moved against Ayo Fayose while he was the Governor of Ekiti State, the anti-graft agency said it does not usually “give out information on investigations.”
“Investigation of anyone for an alleged fraud remains a covert process,” the anti-graft agency added.
The Kano governor how, however, dismissed the videos as “cloned” and filed a lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar.