Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has finally commented on the videos showing Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribe from contractors.
Magu said the commission is currently investigating videos.
Daily Nigerian had on October 14 and 15 published videos showing Ganduje allegedly receiving bribe from a contractor.
Responding to questions after delivering a lecture titled “Taming Corruption: The Way Forward For African Economic Development” at Queen Mary University of London on November 23, Magu said one of the issues that brought him to London was forensic analysis of the Ganduje bribe video.
A Nigerian lawyer studying in the UK, Audu Bulama Bukarti, had asked the question on the videos, wondering why the EFCC investigated former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, while in office but appeared to refuse to investigate Ganduje.
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Mr chairman was reported by Premium Times yesterday saying you cannot investigate him (Ganduje) for two reasons. One, because he is a sitting governor, and two, it’s subjudice.
“Mr Chairman you investigated Fayose while he was a sitting governor. Secondly, there is a decision of the Supreme Court: Fawehinmi against Inspector General of Police reported in 2002 in Volume 7 of the Nigerian Weekly Law Report, in which the Supreme Court said a sitting governor can be investigated.
“The only thing you cannot do is; you cannot arrest him, and you cannot take him to court…”
Magu interjected, telling the audience that the commission does not investigate on the pages of newspapers.
“[The Ganduje video] is one of the reasons I am here. I am working on it here [in London]. We are doing forensic analysis of the videos. I don’t have to investigate on the pages of newspaper,” Magu replied.