Nigerian security agencies are currently analysing a number of video clips showing a Nigerian governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, receiving $5 million bribe.
Multiple contractors who spoke with DAILY NIGERIAN on the condition of anonymity said the governor personally receives from 15 to 25 percent kickbacks for every project executed in the state.
Sources familiar with the situation said two agencies have been asked by President Muhammadu Buhari to file a report and submit to him in earnest.
The report, according to sources, involves analysis on the audiovisual contents of the clips, backgrounds and sequence, and then give recommendations to the president.
Credible sources in the presidency told DAILY NIGERIAN that the president would act on the report as soon the two agencies submit the report.
“The video was first shown to Mr President on a large TV screen. The president was bitter after watching the clips.
“I believe he will deal with the matter as soon as possible,” the source disclosed.
Plot to remove the governor, who is gunning for his second term on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, thickens by the day as the President explores all the options available.
Pundits familiar with the situation say the State House of Assembly will easily bow to the presidency’s request for impeachment upon release of the videos.
It was gathered that the devastated governor is currently planning to suppress the release of the video through various means.
“The governor is in danger. He is still in Abuja searching for a way out. His plan to settle at least 3 people who possess the clip has also failed. The governor is now planning how to hire fake activists and engage in a media war to discountenance the videos,” a source who preferred not to be named told our reporter.
The source also said there is also plan to attack DAILY NIGERIAN publisher, Jaafar Jaafar, for his refusal to trade off the video.
Recall that this newspaper had exclusively reported that a Nigerian governor from one of the North West states was caught on spy camera receiving kickbacks in hard currency for various projects executed by his administration.
In the three-episode clips seen by DAILY NIGERIAN reporter, the governor was shown on different dates receiving the bribe amounting to about 5 million dollars in total.
In one of the clips, this reporter watched how the governor, who appeared without a cap, took note of the names of contractors who paid the kickback and later tucked the bundles of dollar notes into his kaftan side pockets and trousers’ pockets.
In another video, appearing in babbarriga and a cap, this reporter watched how the governor collected nearly 3 million dollars, being 25 percent kickbacks for selling market stalls.
DAILY NIGERIAN graphics expert, who was also invited to a secret meeting to ascertain whether the videos were genuine, confirmed that they were not doctored.
A representative from a reputable international anti-corruption agency, who was also furnished with the clips for authentication, confirmed that it was genuine.
“Going by the analysis we made on conversation and the graphics, we concluded that the voice matched the subject matter’s voice and the images are unmistakably his,” the agency’s representative said.
Spokesman for the governor, Salihu Tanko, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing in this report.
DAILY NIGERIAN will publish the videos as soon as possible.