The Publisher of the online Daily Nigerian newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar, who recently released multiple videos of Kano state governor allegedly collecting bribes, has appeared before lawmakers at the Kano State House of Assembly investigating the bribery allegation against Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Jaafar Jaafar said the videos are authentic. He denied claims by the governor that the videos were doctored.
Jaafar told the state house of Assembly investigative panel that from his investigation, the governor collected bribe from every contractor that was employed by his administration.
”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, 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 … also watched the clips and certified their authenticity before we went to press.” Jaafar said
Jaafar said he is willing to share the raw videos they got during the investigation.
“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.” he said
The total bribe is said to be about $5 million from persons believed to be contractors to the state. Although the state government has claimed the video was ‘cloned’ our experts confirmed the authenticity, Premium Times reports.
Governor Ganduje has since denied the allegation. He claims the videos were doctored.
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