By Dipo Olowookere
After much wait, an online news platform, Daily Nigerian, has released the video it claimed it was in its possession showing Governor of Kano State, Mr Abdullahi Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribe worth $5 million from contractors executing projects in the northern Nigerian State.
Before now, there had been news about the issue, with President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly directing an investigation on the allegation.
Also, Mr Ganduje had reacted to the matter, threating to sue the new platform for blackmail and defamation.
According to the Commissioner for Information in Kano State, Mr Muhammad Garba, the video was carefully manipulated and designed by opposition elements to deface the image of the hardworking and compassionate Governor as a crooked person.
“We wish to state that there is no iota of truth to these allegations and if indeed there is any such alleged video, it is at best cloned,” Mr Garba had claimed in a statement.
“To further prove that the online media is bent on discrediting, blackmailing and assassinating the character of the Governor, the online media has yet to reveal the identity of the giver of the bribe, who is also supposed to be a culprit in the eye of the law,” the commissioner said.
“We are therefore calling on the general public to be vigilant as we heard from good authority that many of such cloned videos involving highly placed persons considered as obstacle to the opposition agenda ahead of 2019 will be released in piecemeal.
“The government of Kano state is taking this matter seriously, and will exploit every appropriate and legal avenue to ensure that it gets to the root of the matter and the perpetrators are brought to book,” the statement had said further.
Watch the video released by the online newspaper below
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