By Abdulmumin Giwa
Kano state government has decided to file a criminal case against the online publication Daily Nigerian and its publisher Jafar Jafar on defamation of character after it released a video clip showing Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje involved in an inappropriate conduct collecting hard currency and pocketing it.
This was made public by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Youths, Sports and Culture Malam Muhammad Garba in a press statement made available to pressmen recently.
The Office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice is challenging what it describes as the implausible and eccentric posting of the cloned video that went viral in a court of law considering its gravity accusing Jafar of mischief and discrediting a public figure by wielding non-existent scandal against him.
“A mere observation of the cloned video clearly shows that the video is doctored and disjointed with no material facts or evidence to prove the allegations, other than a callous attempt to tarnish the hard earned image of the office and the person of the Governor” the commissioner stated.
“The Governor of Kano State wishes to once again that he emphatically debunk the allegation of receiving gratification of $5Million or any amount whatsoever from any person or anybody” he added.
The Commissioner drew public attention to the conduct of the publisher who he described as “a serial blackmailer and extorter”. He claimed that the government is aware that the hidden motive is to reduce the popularity of the Governor and consequently affect the anticipated quantum of APC votes from Kano in the 2019 general elections.
While the state government is taking the legal action Garba assured the people of Kano that the governor will remain focus and will continue with laudable programmes that will add value to the lives of the people of the state. He finally called on the general public, especially members of the ruling APC to remain calm and always be law abiding.