The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it cannot probe Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is accused of receiving millions of dollars in bribe because he enjoys constitutional immunity from criminal proceedings.
“The governor is still serving and constitutionally is covered by immunity. Being that as it may, the matter is in the instance sub judice,” the EFCC posted from its Twitter handle Thursday, during a tweet meet organised by Tap Nitiative for Citizens Development, a public accountability think-tank.
When Tap Nitiative demanded further explanation because the EFCC moved against Ayo Fayose while he was the Governor of Ekiti State, the anti-graft agency said it does not usually “give out information on investigations.”
“Investigation of anyone for an alleged fraud remains a covert process,” the EFCC added.
Ganduje has been the subject of several viral videos – the first of which was released on October 11 – in which he could be seen receiving wads of US dollars from persons believed to be public works contractors.
The embattled governor has dismissed the videos as “cloned” and filed a lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper, Jaafar Jaafar, demanding N3bn in damages and a public apology.
Meanwhile, a Kano State High Court has barred the Assembly from probing the bribe video pending a ruling challenging the legality of the probe.