Kano State Government has described as false allegation, story published by Daily Nigerian accusing the government of mobilizing 3,000 thugs drawn to scuttle the scheduled testimony of its publisher before an investigative committee instituted by the State House of Assembly to verify the authenticity of some video clips published by the paper.
This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information Muhammad Garba on Wednesday.
It said the allegation is a wild outright lie, falsehood , mischievous and defamatory carefully drafted and circulated for personal selfish reasons and political interests of the publisher’s masters.
The statement said it strongly suspect that the publisher, Ja’afar Ja’afar, is trying to avoid his scheduled appearance before the House of Assembly’s investigate committee tomorrow Thursday and therefore resorted to this false allegation to justify his absence.
It is on record that he writes the IGP, Commissioner of Police and the State Security Service for adequate security before, during and after the hearing which he was assured of.
While the state government has no any reason to suspect or doubt the sincerity, willingness and ability of these security outfits to provide the needed security for him, the false and malicious allegation against the police being in any presumed complicity with the governor is another deliberate ploy to attract public attention and unwarranted sympathy towards himself.
Let it be stated here once again for the record and benefit of doubt that the state government recognize and respect the constitutional independence and power of the legislative arm enjoyed by the State House of Assembly and therefore will not be a party to any act designed to sabotage or undermine its functions and activities.
In addition, the statement said “ administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, since it’s assumption of power, has been known to be a very good friend of the media nationwide and always supported its cause, especially promotion of professional ethics and welfare, hence will not descend so low to be a party to any plan to hurt a member of the respected profession who will come to the state for a mission that would ultimately exonerate the governor for the maliciously alleged wrong-doing.”
It noted that the publisher has a right to choose to honour the invitation of the Assembly’s investigate committee or otherwise without unnecessarily resorting to this mischief, false allegation and white lie for which he is knowingly or unknowingly becoming notorious for.
Solacebase recalled that Daily Nigerian had reported on Wednesday that Kano State government mobilized over 3,000 thugs from 44 local government areas of the state to create chaos and scuttle the scheduled appearance before Kano State House of Assembly.
DAILY NIGERIAN had published verified videos clips allegedly showing the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, receiving bribe from contractors amounting to $5m .
The paper Publisher Ja’afar Ja’afar had been invited by the state House of Assembly Committee investigating the case to appear before it on Thursday (Today) to substantiate the allegations.