A Federal High Court sitting in Kano State has dismissed a bribery suit against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, for lack of evidence.
The suit was filed by a Kano-based lawyer Bulama Bukarti.
The lawyer asked the court to mandate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Ganduje for allegedly receiving a kickback from a contractor.
Justice Egwuatu ruled that “even though where the affidavit deposed to, is not countered, it is deemed admitted, the evidence therein must be cogent and verifiable.”
The judge added that “the provisions of Freedom of Information Act 2011, required that information requested must be a public record and in the custody of the instruction of organization so requested from.”
Justice Egwuatu dismissed the case on the grounds that the evidence before the court has not shown that the EFCC has the record of the forensic analysis of the bribery video allegations, noting that the report ought to be given to the Kano state House of Assembly ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the matter.
It would be recalled that a video clip showing Governor Ganduje allegedly receding bribe from a contractor went viral ahead of the 2019 general elections.