- The last has not been heard of the bribery allegation involving the Kano state governor
- The Kano state House of Assembly has been under fire for its refusal to obey a court order on the issue
- A group has warned the Kano state assembly to avoid every action capable to making its actions look like a political with-hunt
A civil society group based in Accra known as West Africa Coalition for Transparency and Human rights have spoken on the ongoing controversy in Kano state on the bribery scandal involving the governor of the state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, November 10, the country representative of the coalition, Mr. Lukman Adeyemi, described the news that the Kano state House of Assembly is yet to comply with a court order on the issue as very embarrassing.
The coalition described the action of the assembly as a calculated attempt to ridicule an important arm of government who should naturally be their allies in any effective fight against corruption and other forms of executive recklessness and impunity.
According to the coalition, the only way to maintain integrity and public support in the probe is to suspend it pending the determination of the litigation process in a court of competent jurisdiction.
“Why we support every form of oversight responsibility by the House of Assembly, it is important that the parliament does not do anything unconstitutional in the discharge of their duties. Hence they must allow the court process to be concluded,” part of the statement read.
Furthermore, the group warned the Kano assembly to avoid every action capable of making its ongoing probe look like a political with-hunt.
According to group, there seems to be a pre-existing relationship between the House Assembly and the whistle blower Mr. Jaafar Jaafar.
The civil society group insists that the existence of such relationship is unhealthy and capable of ridiculing the quest for transparency and accountability in the conduct of government affairs.
According to the group, such investigation must be conducted in a non-partisan manner in order to inspire public confidence.
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Meanwhile, Professor Itse Sagay, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has stated that the Kano state House of Assembly is not equipped to investigate Governor Ganduje.
The legal luminary stated that forensic analysis would be required to carry out an investigation of such a video; pointing out that the Kano state Assembly was not competent to carry out such an analysis.
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