The Kano state police command has banned the Kano state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) from embarking on a rally to call for the resignation of the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over an alleged $5 million bribe.
Governor Ganduje appeared in a series of video, receiving money in dollars alleged to be bribe amounting to about $5million.The money was alleged to be given by persons believed to be contractors to the state government.
You will recall that the first set of at least 15 clips in possession of online-based Daily Nigerian was published on Sunday, October 14, 2018.
According to Daily Nigerian, the two minutes video was recorded in 2017 in a sting operation aimed at beaming a spotlight on the governor’s alleged penchant for contract racketeering.
The governor has debunked the video as “cloned” and threatened a sweeping lawsuit against its publisher.
But the Kano police spokesperson, Magaji Majia said the police rejected the students’ request to conduct rally on October 29, 2018 from Zoo Road to Kano government house.
According to Majia, the rally was to ask Governor Ganduje to step aside to allow for an independent investigation to ascertain the authenticity of the video clips. He said that:
“I wish to warn the group leader, Comrade Isa Abubakar, to caution his members to desist from embarking on this rally.
“However, we advise anyone who has a complaint or suggestion on this matter to approach the committee set up by the state House of Assembly in order to expand investigation.
“But whoever caught violating this directives would face the wrath of law”.
In a related development, a civil society organisation, Youth Coalition Movement, has called on the Kano State House of Assembly to immediately suspend Governor Ganduje, pending the outcome of the investigative committee constituted by the house.
He appealed to the state assembly not to hesitate in taking drastic action on anyone found guilty of such act no matter the position he occupies so as to serve as deterrent to others.
Sparrow advised the assembly to reduce the timeframe given to the committee to two weeks for speedy investigation.