With the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dragging its feet on the matter, the Publisher of the Daily Nigerian online medium, Jafar Jafar, on Thursday, told the Kano State House of Assembly, Investigative Committee on the alleged $5m bribery scandal against the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, that the video is authentic.
However, Mr. Jafar admitted not contacting officials of the state government, with a view to balancing the story, before releasing the controversial video clips.
Asked by the chairman of the seven-man Investigative Panel, Baffa Babba Dan Agundi, on the source of his information, Jafar said, “A whistle-blower, who is someone I know, gave me the video clips.
“He told me that Governor Ganduje is fond of collecting bribes of between 15 and 30 per cent from contractors executing various projects in the state.
“I told the whistle-blower that we need evidence before we publish the story; and that we have to rigidly follow the rigours of the profession.
“He captured 15 clips, nine of them showed the governor’s face, while six did not show the governor’s face. We initially released one, which did not have the conversation, and later we released the second one.”
Jafar added that officials of the Amnesty International also “certified the video.”
He however refused to reveal the identity of the whistle-blower, telling the committee that “in the spirit of universal principles of confidentiality, we cannot disclose our source.”
Unsatisfied, Mr. Dan Agundi insisted that Jafar would be invited for further questioning.
According to him, the committee would want to have a direct contact with the said whistle-blower, whose identity, he said, would not be made public.
Jafar, who has been in hiding since he released the damning videos, was accompanied to the proceedings by two lawyers, Isaac Ambode and Adam Bashir.
They tendered a written statement and four Compact Discs, where the video clips were downloaded before the committee.