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Bribery video: Ganduje enjoys immunity from prosecution – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday that Kano State Governor , Abdullahi Ganduje , enjoyed immunity from prosecution as a sitting governor .He also noted that under Nigerian laws , an accused remained innocent until proven guilty by the courts .

Besides , the President noted that the alleged dollar bribes Ganduje was seen stuffing in his pockets in a video widely circulated on social media , had become a matter already in a law court .

Buhari was reacting to criticisms in some quarters that he shielded his political associates like Ganduje among others , from prosecution in the face of glaring evidence .

Only on Thursday , the President , at an All Progressives Congress rally in Kano , raised up the hand of Ganduje for his second term bid before supporters .

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity , Mr Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday , the President dismissed criticisms suggesting that his association with Ganduje was a smear on his anti – corruption stance .

The statement said some high- profile persons , including a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and a former state governor , were being prosecuted for corruption .

The Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme , Prof . Usman Yusuf, was also cited as another government official serving administrative leave to pave the way for investigation into corruption allegations levelled against him .

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“ Despite some of the suspects being close to the President , he had not shielded them from investigation , administrative suspensions and prosecution ” , the statement added .

Specifically , on Ganduje , the Presidency said , “ as a sitting governor , ( he) enjoys immunity from prosecution in his own right .

“ Furthermore , under Nigerian laws , a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law .

“ In the circumstances , the matter is in court and the President has no power to dictate to the court or the Kano State House of Assembly , which is already investigating the matter , about what to do with the allegations against Ganduje . ”