The Economic and financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has arrested Hafsat Ganduje, the wife ofGovernor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son, PREMIUM TIMES.
The arrest comes barely weeks after her failure to honour the anti-graft agency’s invitation.
The EFCC had earlier invited Mrs Ganduje to report to the their Abuja headquarters on September 13, an invitation which she did not honour.
Following her refusal to honor the invitation, the EFCC then threatened to arrest her. Sources close to her later said she travelled to the UK at the time to attend the graduation ceremony of her son.
Investigators are questioning 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 still at EFCC headquarters as of 6a.m. on Monday, this newspaper learnt.
According to family sources and some other media reports Abdulazeez had dragged his mum, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, over a matter said to be suggestive of a pattern of corruptly using family access to power for private enrichment.
Abdulazeez father, Mr Ganduje, had previously been involved in a corruption-related scandal. and he is still struggling to untangle himself from the public perception that he is a corrupt public servant since 2018 after Daily Nigerian published a series of videos that showed the governor collecting money from a government contractor.
In a report monitored on PREMIUM TIMES, the news 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”.
PREMIUM TIMES further learnt that Abdulazeez said he paid the sum in dollars to his mother, Mrs Ganduje.
“But three months later, (the property developer) discovered that the plots of land he wanted and had paid the first family for had been allocated to other buyers and he then requested to be refunded,” one source added.
More to follow.