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Compel EFCC to probe Ganduje, EiE Nigeria tells court

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Civil society organisation, Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, has dragged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) before a federal high court in Abuja, seeking to compel the anti-graft agency to probe Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state over bribery allegations.

Included in the suit are the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offence Commission (ICPC) and the police.

Recall that Daily Nigerian, an online newspaper, had published some videos showing Ganduje receiving kickbacks from contractors, which the governor repeatedly denied.

In a statement on Tuesday, Tolulope Oladele, an assistant manager at EIE Nigeria, the organisation said, “As an institution that is interested in the nation building by promoting good governance, transparency and accountability, we wrote to the ICPC, EFCC, and the Nigeria Police on December 17, 2018 to investigate the bribery allegation against Mr Ganduje as the court of law suggested,” EiE Nigeria said.

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“We followed up with a reminder letter on April 2, 2019. Sadly, the executive arm of government saddled with the responsibility of investigating criminal offenses has taken no action!

“EiE Nigeria has filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court Abuja compelling the EFCC, ICPC and Nigeria Police to probe and investigate Mr Ganduje on all allegations. The matter first came up for hearing on May 10th and has been adjourned to May 24th. We are committed to demanding that all who choose to serve and are elected into public office must be held accountable for their actions.

“According to the Section 15(5) of the 1999 Constitution “The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power.”

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