A federal high Court sitting in Kano has dismissed a suit filed by a Kano based lawyer Bulama Bukarti seeking an order of the court compelling the economic and financial crimes commission EFCC to make available report of its forensic investigation analysis of the video showing Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje allegedly collecting bribe.
Justice Obiorah Egwuatu ruled that even though where affidavit deposed to is not countered it is deemed admitted,the evidence therein must be cogent and verifiable.
The judge averred that the provisions if freedom of information act 2011 required that information requested must be a public record and in the custody of the instruction or organization so requested from.
Justice Egwuatu dismissed the case on the grounds that the evidence before the court has not shown that the EFCC has the record of the forensic analysis of the bribery video allegations, noting that the repo ought to be given to the Kano state house of assembly ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the matter.
However, the counsel to the applicant, Abba Hikima said they will appeal the ruling.
We recalled that Barrister Bulama Bukarti had asked the court to commit acting chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim magu to prison for failure to provide the report as requested.
EFCC has not put appearance nor responded to the issues raised.