The Editor-in-Chief of DAILY NIGERIAN, Jaafar Jaafar, has told the Kano State House of Assembly that ‘they’ planted spy cameras on the kaftan to capture Kano State governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje as he was receiving five million dollar bribe that had since gone viral.
He said that more than two years ago, a contractor complained to him 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.”
Jaafar Jaafar, who was summoned by the House of Assembly requesting him to appear before it in the conduct of its constitutional functions as contained in Section 129 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said that before the DAILY NIGERIAN publishes stories, pictures or videos on its website, the editors subjected 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 and PREMIUM TIMES also watched the clips and certified their authenticity before we went to press.
“The first video was published on October 14, 2018 comprising two clips that occurred on two different dates as shown on the videos themselves. The video showed the governor receiving bribe from a contractor in foreign currency specifically the monies were United States Dollar denominated. The video also showed his Excellency tucking these monies under his flowing gown and putting them inside an envelope.
“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
“We thank the Committee for deeming it appropriate to invite us to make representations before it in respect of this matter.”