EFCC arrests Kano first lady, Hafsat Ganduje over bribery, land fraud

EFCC arrests Kano first lady, Hafsat Ganduje over bribery, land fraud

The wife of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Hafsat Ganduje, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ,EFCC over a b

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The wife of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Hafsat Ganduje, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ,EFCC over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son, Abdualzeez Ganduje.

The arrest comes weeks after her failure to honour the anti-graft agency’s invitation.

It can be recalled that Mrs Ganduje had earlier been invited to report to the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters on September 13, but she did not appear. Sources close to her later said she travelled to the UK at the time to attend the graduation ceremony of her son.

Investigators questioned Mrs Ganduje over allegations relating to land fraud in a petition by her own son, Abdualzeez Ganduje.

A person, who has the knowledge of the arrest but asked not to be identified, said “she was arrested this (Monday) evening.”

Mrs Ganduje was reportedly still at EFCC headquarters as of 6 a.m.

Abdulazeez had dragged his mum, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, sources familiar with the matter said, suggesting a pattern of corruptly using family access to power for private enrichment.

According to sources who saw Abdulazeez’s petition, he reported that he was approached by a property developer to help facilitate the acquisition of some plots of land in Kano with some hundreds of thousands of US dollars and at least 35 million naira as “facilitation commission”.

It was gathered that Abdulazeez said he paid the sum in dollars to his mother.