From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

The Kano State government has condemned the insinuation by an online news publication, Sahara Reporters, that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is one the three governors fingered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as having stashed away funds in their houses.

A statement on Sunday by the commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, stressed that while the anti-graft agency did not mention the identity of the governors, Sahara Reporters went ahead to make such false reference.

He said the report which lacked texture for an investigative story was either the imagination of the publishers or a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the governor.

Garba pointed out that Governor Ganduje has not acquired the billions of naira stashed away funds involved that could be used to engage in the dreary process of table payment of workers’ salary in this era of e-banking services.

The commissioner added that Kano has been one of the few states in the federation that consistently pays its workers’ salary, even as at the time of the release of the false report by Sahara Reporters, posting of the October salary had commenced.

He therefore called for the retraction of the story and an unreserved apology from the publishers, failure of which the state government would not hesitate to take legal action.

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