KANO NIGERIA. The Kano State Governor has revoked three contracts awarded to Tiamin Multi Services Ltd, a company belonging to Aminu Mohammed, the contractor who filmed the videos showing the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, receiving bribe money from contractors.
The three projects were worth N1.6 billion.
The state commissioner of information, Mohammed Garba, announced the cancellation at a widely reported press briefing on Friday, on the resolutions of the State Executive Council.
The state government gave “non-performance” as the reason behind revocation, which affected Tiamin and one other company, FNL Engineering Limited. It is unclear if the second company is also linked to Mr Mohammed.
Last year, an online newspaper, Daily Nigerian, published a series of videos showing Mr Ganduje collecting wads of dollar bills at different times believed to be kick-backs from contracts awarded by the state government.
Findings by major news sources indicate that Tiamin’s managing director, Mr Mohammed, was the one who filmed the videos while delivering the cash to the governor at different times.
However, a senior official in the company, who spoke to news sources, but declined to be named as he was not authorized to speak by his boss, confirmed that Mr Mohammed was indeed the unseen face in the infamous Ganduje dollar rain videos.
Ironically, one of the projects by Tiamin that was revoked by the government, dualisation of Kofar Dawanau-Dandinshe-Kwanar Madugu was mentioned in one of the bribe-taking videos among those the contractors needed the governor’s intervention for payment.
A probe into the scandal by the Kano State House of Assembly was also stalled in November by a high court of Kano State at the instance of Mr Ganduje.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed resentment over the misconduct as captured in the videos.
Mr Buhari mocked the governor for going to the extent of receiving the bribes personally and “smiling”. He said he hoped the issue would be cleared before his scheduled campaign visit to Kano and suggested the videos could have been doctored.
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