EFCC Arrests Hafsat Ganduje, Wife Of The Governor Of Kano
The EFCC has arrested Hafsat Ganduje, the wife of Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, in connection with a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son. Her arrest comes just weeks after she refused to accept an invitation from the anti-corruption agency.
Mrs Ganduje had previously been summoned to the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters on September 13, but she did not appear, prompting the EFCC to threaten her arrest. According to sources close to her, she travelled to the UK at the time to attend her son’s graduation ceremony.
Investigators are questioning Mrs Ganduje in connection with allegations of land fraud in a petition filed by her own son, Abdualzeez Ganduje. “She was arrested this (Monday) evening,” said a person with knowledge of the arrest but asked not to be identified. Mrs. Ganduje remained at the EFCC headquarters as of 6 a.m. on Monday.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Abdulazeez dragged his mother, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, indicating a pattern of corruptly using family access to power for private enrichment.
According to sources that saw Abdulazeez’s petition, he reported being approached by a property developer to assist in the acquisition of some plots of land in Kano for hundreds of thousands of US dollars and at least 35 million naira as “facilitation commission.”
It was also discovered that Abdulazeez stated that he paid the sum in dollars to his mother, Mrs Ganduje. “However, three months later, (the property developer) discovered that the plots of land he desired and had paid the first family for had been assigned to other buyers, and he then requested a refund,” one source added.
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