Baffa Dan’Agundi, the chairman of the Kano House of Assembly ad hoc committee investigating the bribe-taking videos of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, said the committee would continue with its work as the court order did not stop them from their investigation.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Dan’Agundi said they members of the panel had studied the order and arrived at the conclusion that the order did not stop them from their work but only asked them to “maintain status quo”.
He cited sections 128 and 129 of the Nigerian constitution, which provides that house of assembly has the jurisdiction to probe corruption allegations.
He stated that the assembly had utmost respect to court of law, adding that the committee would respect whatever interpretation given by the court on November 12, the date set aside by the judge for hearing.
“We have received a court order that we should stop investigating the video clips showing governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, allegedly collecting bribe.
“We had a meeting today at the assembly and according to our understanding, the court didn’t stop us from investigating the allegations. We understand that the court only said status quo be maintained. As such, we will continue with our work.
“The court set Monday for us to appear before it for hearing. We will respect the court and go with our documents that justify our position and jurisdiction to investigate this matter,” he said
Mr Dan’Agundi also revealed that the next items on their schedule was forensic analysis of the video clips, which should have been held today (Tuesday) but deferred.