The Ganduje bribery video saga continued today as the Publisher of the Online medium, Daily Nigerian which posted the video online, Jaafar Jaafar confirmed the authenticity of the video before an investigative committee of the Kano state House of Assembly.
The video showed Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State receiving bribes in US dollars in separate instances. The total bribe money received by Ganduje is said to be about $5 million from idividuals believed to be contractors to the state.
Several quarters confirmed the authenticity of the video before today despite denials and threats by the Kano state government that the video was doctored.
Mr. Jaafaar who published the video however stood by his publication confirming that the video was authentic as he stood before the lawmakers at a public hearing on Thursday.
He however refused to disclose the source of the video when he was cross examined by the investigating lawmakers.
Mr. Jaafaar presented a statement as well as a hard disk and other material evidence.
Read the content of the statement below;
I, Jaafar Jaafar, am a member of the Board of Directors of Penlight Media Limited, the publishers of DAILY NIGERIAN do hereby submit this statement in answer to the invitation extended to me by the Investigation Panel of the Kano State House of Assembly.
1. The DAILY NIGERIAN made a series of publications pertaining to the receipt of several videos of His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje collecting of bribe/kickbacks from some contractors in Kano State.
- Consequent upon the publications, we received an invitation dated October 18, 2018 with reference number KNHA/ADM/VOL .I/04 from the Kano State House of Assembly requesting us to appear before it in the conduct of its constitutional functions as contained in Section 129 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- The invitation letter also requested that we submit a written statement containing the incidents pertaining to the investigation.
- Below is the narration of our understanding of the events as it relates to the videos.
- More than two years ago, a contractor friend of mine complained to me that the governor had been receiving kickbacks, ranging from 15 to 25 percent, for every project executed in the state from contractors.
- We then agreed to plant spy cameras on his kaftan lapel so that he can capture the brazen act in hard evidence. He captured at least 15 clips, nine of which fully showed the governor’s face, body and hands collecting bundles of dollars.
- Before DAILY NIGERIAN publishes stories, pictures or videos on its website (www.dailynigerian.com), the editors subject them to rigors of verification to establish their authenticity or otherwise.
- In the case the video clips in question, our in-house technical expert, the editor-in-chief and editorial adviser certified that the videos were original and not doctored contents.
- Experts from Amnesty International Nigeria, BBC and PREMIUM TIMES also watched the clips and certified their authenticity before we went to press.
- The first video was published on October 14, 2018 comprising two clips that occurred on two different dates as shown on the videos themselves. The video showed the governor receiving bribe from a contractor in foreign currency specifically the monies were United States Dollar denominated. The video also showed his Excellency tucking these monies under his flowing gown and putting them inside an envelope.
- We are willing to share the content of the video without any form of editing to assist the committee in its investigation and to share the full clips of the others that were published to the Committee in the cause of the performance of their legislative function
- We thank the Committee for deeming it appropriate to invite us to make representations before it in respect of this matter
- 13. Thank you.