The Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, has said that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje who was allegedly caught on camera collecting bribes from contractors cannot be adequately investigated by the Kano State House of Assembly has it is not equipped to do so.
Naija News recalls that the Kano State House of Assembly had lunched an investigation into allegation of corruption against the governor of the state after he was caught on camera collecting kickbacks from from contractors.
On Monday, however, a Kano State High Court ruled on Monday that the Assembly should stop the probe immediately.
Prof Sagay, while fielding questions from newsmen insisted that the State House of Assembly was not competent to investigate the allegation against Ganduje because investigation into matter requires professional input which the house do not have.
He said, “The fact that somebody on social media which is full of lies and hate attacks against people says so does not prove that such has happened.
“Personally I would like to see the contractor come out and say ‘yes I am the one and I gave him so and so amount’. I would like to see that but that has not yet happened. In any case, when it comes to the investigation of the governor, I think we have institutions that have been established for that. We have the EFCC particularly for that.
“I don’t really understand what role the House of Assembly wanted to place on itself. It is not equipped to do investigations of the sort because it could be forensic. So, in other words, there is still a cloud over the whole thing and I am not ready to jump to any conclusion until I am confident that some wrong has been done.”
When asked if the legislative arm of government could not investigate the governor as part of its oversight functions, Sagay said the job of the Assembly was to carry out oversight functions and not to investigate state executives.
The senior advocate said, “Oversight functions don’t include that sort of thing. Oversight functions only involve monies that have been approved in their budget and then oversight is done on how such monies that were approved which have gone through the budget system are being expended.
“That is where their oversight functions are limited to. This allegation is about somebody from outside giving the governor some money. It is not part of the House of Assembly’s responsibilities.”
Prof. Sagay has this to say when asked if the anti-corruption war by the federal government was selective, when compared to the action of the government against Ayodele Fayose: “When there are clear cases it is easy to act. In the case of Fayose, Musiliu Obanikoro confessed that he ferried billions of naira to him through a private jet and everything was well recorded. Everything was very clear. The man who brought the money was very clear.
“The money was paid into bank accounts that were established. So, it is not the same thing. This one seems to me to be very vague and cloudy and I have yet to be satisfied that it is not a political conspiracy of some sort by the enemies of the governor. So, we need to see something more concrete.”
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PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar To Kick-start Campaign With ‘People’s Policy Launch’ On Monday
The Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will begin his campaign for president in the 2019 election with an address to the Nigerian people on Facebook at 12 noon on Monday where he will launch his policy document.
This development was made known by the Spokesperson of the Former Vice President’s campaign organization, Paul Ibe, on Saturday
In his address the PDP presidential candidate will present his vision for Nigeria and his action plan to achieve it as encapsulated in his policy document. The document will promptly be uploaded on his website (www.atiku.org) for all Nigerians to access at no cost.
The emphasis of the document, according to the the campaign organization spokesman was to tell Nigerians that they must work to ensure that Nigeria works.
The Statement reads further : “Our campaign offers a simple message: united, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian.
On the first working day of the campaign, the PDP and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar will put forward his plan to get Nigeria working again.
We have chosen to do this by having the PDP Presidential candidate speaking directly to the Nigerian people on Facebook. This medium came about as part of the telecommunications revolution that he helped start as Vice President in 1999-2007.
We have also chosen to have our candidate speak online as it facilitates the ability for anyone to download a copy of his policy document at no cost, as we intend this to be the policy of every Nigerian.
Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women.
Our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalising Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign.
This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again.
The PDP presidential candidate looks forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders: famers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.
We recognise that this will be a vigorous and hard fought election. We are completely confident that with peaceful, free and fair elections, we will be victorious.”
Police Locked Me Up In The Toilet When Falana Visited – Evans
He countered the claim by the police that his statement was obtained under a fair atmosphere and that the statement could have been taken in the presence of a lawyer, if Evans had hired one.
Evans made this known before Justice Adedayo Akintoye, during the Friday proceedings in his trial at the Lagos High Court.
He further alleged that the Police locked him up in the toilet to prevent him from been seen by human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN)
Evans said immediately after he was arrested by the police in 2017, his wife, Uchenna, contacted the human rights lawyer, but upon the lawyer’s visit to the police station, he was told that he (Evans) had been taken out for investigation.
Falana warned, however that the police should not come up with claims that the suspect had been shot while trying to escape.
Led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, Evans insisted that he was threatened to put his signature to an already prepared confessional statement by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad who he accused of murdering several suspects in his presence “in Saddam Hussein style.”
He said, “Immediately after my arrest, my wife called Mr Femi Falana and he came to SARS. But CSP Phillip told two armed policemen to hide me inside the office toilet and to tell the lawyer that I was not around.
“I heard Phillip greet him, and Mr Falana said he wanted to see me. CSP Phillip told him that I had been taken out for investigation.
“Mr Falana warned him that he did not want to hear that I was trying to escape and then I was shot dead. He told them that if I had committed any offence, I should be charged to court.”
I Married Atiku For His Integrity, I Know Him – Titi Abubakar
The wife of the Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, Hajiya Titi Atiku Abubakar, has revealed that her marriage to Abubakar was instigated by his integrity and patriotism.
Mrs Abubakar made this known went she received a campaign group, Women for Atiku, that no one knew Atiku better than she does, having been married to him for 47 years.
According to her, contrary to the vague allegation of corruption by political detractors, Atiku was actually a man whose integrity, honesty and sincerity earned him her love.
Titi Abubakar with the Women For Atiku says her husband a man of integrity
“I usually got confuse Whenever i read the false allegations of corruption being spread by mischief makers against my husband in the media.
“Most times i ask myself if they were referring to my husband whom I have been married to for 47 years or a different person.
“Their descriptions only befits the opposite of Atiku Abubakar, because he is not corrupt as alleged,” Titi Said.
She insisted that the Presidential hopeful have not been found wanting in the area of honesty, sincerity, integrity and patriotism to his fatherland since she got married to him 47 years ago.
She asserted that her encounter and eventual marriage to her husband was initiated by God.
“I was on my way back to Nigeria from Benin Republic wher I went to visit my aunt at the idioroko boarder and was accosted by ofifcers of the Customs Service.
They had demanded that I pay duty for a pair of brocade material which was a gift from my aunt, an argument ensued between us and i told them to have the brocade material for a keep because i couldn’t comprehend why i should pay duty for a pair of brocade.
“Suddenly an officer by name Atiku Abubakar who heard our argument summoned the officers to come along with me to his office.
“He was the head of the command at the time. After listening to both sides, Atiku demanded for the duty charge, dipped his hand into his pocket and paid the duty and handed me the receipt smiling and saying that ‘I will pay him back’.
“As the head of the command he could have simply commanded them to let me go if he chose to, but his patriotism to fatherland would never allow him do so, and that singular act swept me off my feet and i eventually fell in love,” she said.
The National Coordinator of Women for Atiku Mrs Blessing Egbara thanked Mrs Titi Abubakar for the warm reception accorded to her group.
Egbara assured Mrs. Abubakar that the group will continue to mobilize support for the candidature of her husband.
Egbara said that the group would embark on voters mobilisation and education adding that the group would also mobilise all registered voters to collect their Permanent Voters Cards PVCs
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