The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has rejected claims that it received a donation from any state Governor for its upcoming anti-corruption event.
The Commission responded to news reports that the embattled Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje made a N10 million donation as support of its anti-corruption marathon after a meeting in Abuja.
#Alert For the avoidance of doubt, no State governor or some other individual or group has donated any amount of money to the EFCC to carry out the Anti-corruption Marathon project or any other project for that matter.
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) November 27, 2018
Videos of Ganduje apparently taking receipt of bundles of US dollar bills as gratfication for contracts have raised demands for an investigation by anti-corruption authorities. At least one news outlet beside the original publihser has verified the authenticity of the clips even if the images are less than absolutely conclusive evidence to the ordinary observer.
Ganduje’s office has questioned the originality of the videos, calling them doctored. Attempts by the Kano state House of Assembly to launch an inquiry have been held off by a court. A court order also prevents the publisher of the explosive videos, The Daily Nigerian, from releasing more.
EFCC has said it will not be able answer to calls to investigate Ganduje because “the governor is still serving and constitutionally is covered by immunity” and also that “the matter is in the instance sub judice”. The Commission said this during a tweet meet organised by Tap Nitiative for Citizens Development, a public accountability think-tank as reported by Premium Times.
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