Court stops Ganduje’s probe for alleged bribery video

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The Federal High Court in Kano on Tuesday ruled that the Kano Public Compliant and Anti-Corruption Commission lacks the power to investigate the immediate past Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over an alleged $5m bribery video.

Justice Abdullahi Liman, while delivering his judgment, said the offence was a federal offence that could be prosecuted by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Liman said the Kano anti-graft agency had a limitation in investigating the former governor.

“The offence is a federal offence and ought to have been reported before the Attoney General of the Federation and Economic Finance Crimes Commission.

“The scope of the anti-corruption is limited to specific power to investigate Federal offences,” Justice Liman said.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the judgment, the counsel for the anti-graft agency, Usman Umar Fari, said they would appeal the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

Recall that Ganduje, through his counsel, Matthew Burkaa (SAN), had filed a fundamental rights suit in July 2023 to restrain PCACC from arresting, investigating and inviting him the alleged dollar video.

The respondents in the case were Kano State Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission, Nigeria Police, Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Kano State, State Security Services and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Others are Attorney General of the Federation and Attorney General of Kano State.