Dangote Group spokesman, Mr. Tony Chiejina said the allegation has no foundation whatsoever and is an ‘outright falsehood”.
On 17 June, an online portal, DailyNigerian.com, ostensibly fishing for traffic first published the unsubstantiated allegation that Dangote gave the former Kano Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Rurum N100 million to kill a probe of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi.
He gave DailyNigeria.com one week within which to retract the report and apologise to the State Assembly or face legal action.
According to him, the report is also targeted at creating tension and chaos among the lawmakers and ridicule the personality of Dangote.
`The story was just a fabrication, a tissue of lies and unjustifiable, because there was never a time I met with Dangote to discuss such issue, not to talk of him offering bribe to us.” He said that the intervention of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Northern Governors and other notable Nigerians to stop the probe was channeled through the state governor and not the assembly.
“It is a tradition that when such things happened, the Governor gets in touch with us as one of the three arms of government. “Therefore, the governor forwarded his request letter appealing for the suspension of the investigation on behalf of all the concerned citizens.” But it appeared fellow legislators believed the unsubstantiated story by DailyNigerian.com, such that two weeks after, they went for Rurum’s head, forcing him to resign on Monday 3 July.
Chiejina told NAN on Monday night that the allegation has been ’embarrassing’, to Dangote.