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Published On: Fri, Mar 30th, 2018

Confusion in Adamawa over picture of Gov Bindow ‘taking bribe’

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From Umar Dankano, Yola

Adamawa State Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla has again comes under heavy attacks and condemnations over alleged collection of kickback from construction companies in the state.
Governor Bindow is under fire as a result of a picture posted on the social media, which went viral in the state, showing the Governor allegedly collecting bribe from a Lebanese managing one of the road construction companies in the state.
The alleged picture showed the governor seated in his living room with a bunch
of dollars by his side, while the Lebanese contractor and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engineer Suleiman Muhammad, could also be seen with other bunches of hard currencies.
The picture caused serious debate in the state; with many people calling for probe, while governor’s supporters were insisting that the picture was a mere Photoshop work.
“We need this to be probed, to put the record straight. This government launched anti-corruption summit that attracted President Buhari; and, therefore, need to show to the people that it’s corruption free, by allowing full investigation into the matter,” a public commentator, Yakubu Bappa said.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Yohanna Mathias told newsmen that he did not see the viral picture and could not comment.
However, the Special Assistant to the governor on media, Mr. Martins Dickson confirmed seeing the picture but said it was mere false and photo-shopped.
“There is a real picture of the said people with the governor deliberating, but the money placed beside them is mere photo-shopped,” Dickson said.
It could be recalled that criticism has trailed the recent Adamawa State anti-corruption national summit, accusing the Jibrilla administration of lacking the transparency and accountability to organize such important economic development move.

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