The publisher of Daily Nigerian newspaper, has insisted that the videos which showed Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, receiving bribe are authentic not doctored.
Jaafar who appeared before the state house of Assembly investigative panel today, told the panel that from his investigation, the governor collected bribe from every contractor that was employed by his administration.
Jafar said before the video was published, the online media had carried out series of verification to ensure the genuineness of the clips.
He admitted that he contacted the Kano State Government officials to verify the video clips.
He added that the government had earlier before the videos were released, issued a statement denying the genuineness of the clips.
He also told of how a contractor had informed him of the governor’s practice of “receiving kickbacks” from every contractor in the state.
“More than two years ago, a contractor friend of mine complained to me that the governor had been receiving kickbacks, ranging from 15 to 25 percent, for every project executed in the state from contractors,” the publisher said.
“We then agreed to plant spy cameras on his kaftan lapel so that he can capture the brazen act in hard evidence. He captured at least 15 clips, nine of which fully showed the governor’s face, body and hands collecting bundles of dollars.
Our in-house technical expert, the editor-in-chief and editorial adviser certified that the videos were original and not doctored contents.
“Experts from Amnesty International Nigeria, BBC … also watched the clips and certified their authenticity before we went to press.”
The publisher who had refused to disclose his source, added that he was going to consult his lawyers if the law permitted him to divulge the source of his information.
“But I want to clear the mind of some people who have been saying I was paid, if it can take me to swear with the Holy Qur’an that the video was not for political reasons,” Jafar said.
Furthermore, Jaafar said he is willing to share the raw videos they got during the investigation.
“We are willing to share the content of the video without any form of editing to assist the committee in its investigation and to share the full clips of the others that were published to the committee in the cause of the performance of their legislative function.”
The Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Baffa Danagundi, said the committee was set up to investigate and find out the truth of the allegation.