The Kano State High Court presided over by Justice Suleiman Baba Namalam had ruled that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State must pay the cost of N800,000 to the Daily Nigerian, and its publisher Ja’afar Ja’afar, as cost for expenses incurred in a court case the governor instituted over the controversial dollar bribery video.
The judge further ruled that Ganduje’s lawyers may not have the right of audience before the court by the next adjourned day, if they fail to pay the N800,000 as ordered.
The counsel to Gov. Ganduje Mrs Lydia Oyewo apologized to the court and promise to liaise with her client Dr. Ganduje to comply with the order by making the payment as Ordered by the Judge since 6th July, 2021.
Recalls that Governor Ganduje had sued Mr Jaafar Jaafar and Daily Nigerian newspaper for releasing the video clips showing the governor stuffing his pockets with wads of dollars suspected to be a kickback from a contractor.
The governor through his counsel, demanded Mr Jaafar to pay him N3 billion for defamation of character.
He, however filed an application through his counsel, Offiong Offiong, SAN on June 28 seeking to discontinue the court case which he later filed in an Abuja High Court even as the Kano case is still ongoing.
The counsel to Mr Ja’afar, U. U. Eteng, and M.B. Dan’Azumi , counsel to Penlight Media Limited, publishers of Daily Nigerian, did not object to the application to discontinue the case but demanded N400 million as part of terms to discontinue the suit.
The court ordered Governor Ganduje to pay the sum of N400,000 each to Jaafar Jaafar and the Daily Nigerian.
As Ganduje is yet to comply with the order, the matter was adjourned to 29th November, 2021 for further mention even as Penlight Media changed its counsel from Mr. Dan’Azumi to Mr. Abdul Mohammed, SAN.
Sources at the court that crave anonymity told our reporter that the Governor risks execution of the order on his bankers if he fails to comply.