Immediate past governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, has asked a high court in the state to perpetually restrain the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from inviting or investigating him over video clips allegedly showing him receiving wads of dollars from a contractor.
The clips trended on social media in 2018.
The clips published by an online newspaper, allegedly showed Ganduje receiving bundles of dollar notes and stuffing them inside his flowing dress known as ‘babanriga’.
Though he debunked the content of the videos, the Kano House of Assembly subsequently set up a committee to investigate the allegations.
The committee has yet to turn in its report and a new assembly was inaugurated on Tuesday.
Attorney General of Kano, in a suit, according to TheCable, asked the court to bar the anti-graft agency from investigating him until a suit between Ganduje and Jafaar Jafaar, publisher of the Daily Nigerian, is determined.
The EFCC is the only defendant in the suit.
Ganduje, through the former Kano attorney general, asked the court to declare that the invitation and interrogation of the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) chairman and accountant general of Kano in connection to the video is illegal.
Some of the prayers read: “A declaration of this Honourable Court that by virtue of the supremacy of the 1999 constitution as established by Sections 1 (1) thereof, since the Kano state house of assembly has begun investigation pursuant to its powers under section 128 of the 1999 constitution in connection with the video clips of bribery allegation against Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“The defendant cannot exercise its investigative powers under the Sections 6, 7, 13 and 46 of the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act 2004 (EFCC ACT), until after the Kano state house of assembly concludes or bring its investigation to an end.
“A declaration of this Honourable Court that by virtue of the supremacy of the 1999 constitution as established by Sections I (1) thereof, and the doctrine of separation of powers since there is a pending Case No: CV/1598/2021, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduic y, Jaafar Jafaar & Anor, before high court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Coram: Hon. Justice Y. Halilu) in which Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is challenging the authenticity of the said video clips.
“The defendant cannot exercise its investigative powers under the sections 6, 7 and 13 of the Economic and Finance Crimes (Establishment) Act 2004 (CFCC ACT), until after the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Coram: Hon. Justice Y. Halilu) has decided the matter before it.”
It is unclear if the new administration of Abba Yusuf will continue with the case.