Abdullahi Ganduje, the former governor of Kano State, has filed a request with a high court in the state, seeking a permanent injunction against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The injunction aims to prevent the EFCC from summoning or conducting any investigations on him regarding video footage that allegedly depicts him accepting dollars from a contractor. Ganduje’s legal action reflects his efforts to safeguard himself against potential inquiries related to the controversial video clips.
Recall that a clip which trended on social media in 2018 allegedly showed the former governor receiving bundles of dollar notes and stuffing them inside his flowing dress known as ‘babanriga’.
While the governor debunked the content of the videos, the Kano House of Assembly subsequently set up a committee to investigate the allegations.
The committee is yet to turn in its report and a new assembly was inaugurated on Tuesday.
In a suit, the Attorney General of Kano asked the court to restrain the anti-graft agency from investigating him until a suit between Ganduje and Jafaar Jafaar, publisher of the Daily Nigerian, is determined.
Ganduje, through the former Kano Attorney General, asked the court to declare that the invitation and interrogation of the state universal basic education board (SUBEB) chairman and accountant general of Kano in connection to the video is illegal.
Some of the prayers read: “A declaration of this Honourable Court that by virtue of the supremacy of the 1999 constitution as established by Sections 1 (1) thereof, since the Kano state house of assembly has begun investigation pursuant to its powers under section 128 of the 1999 constitution in connection with the video clips of bribery allegation against Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“The defendant cannot exercise its investigative powers under Sections 6, 7, 13, and 46 of the Economic and Financial Crimes (Establishment) Act 2004 (EFCC ACT), until after the Kano state house of assembly concludes or bring its investigation to an end.
“The defendant cannot exercise its investigative powers under sections 6, 7, and 13 of the Economic and Finance Crimes (Establishment) Act 2004 (CFCC ACT), until after the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Coram: Hon. Justice Y. Halilu) has decided the matter before it.”
It is unclear if the new administration of Abba Yusuf will continue with the case.