Hafsat Ganduje, the wife of Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her eldest son, Abdulazeez Ganduje.
According to Premium Times, Hafsat Ganjude was invited for questioning last Thursday at the Abuja headquarters of the EFCC, but she shunned the invitation extended to her by the anti-graft agency.
KanyiDaily recalls that Governor Ganduje had previously been involved in a corruption-related scandal since 2018 when Daily Nigerian published a series of videos that showed the governor collecting money from government contractors.
Reacting during an interview in March 2021, Ganduje said, “the video is fake and we are preparing to prove that. But I cannot preempt what we are doing with regard to that. I am assuring you this video is fake and all those that are behind it would be put to shame.”
Abdulazeez Ganduje has now dragged his mum to the EFCC, suggesting a pattern of corruptly using family access to power for private enrichment.
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Sources familiar with the matter said Abdulazeez 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”.
After receiving the money from the property developer, sources who saw Abdulazeez’s petition said he paid the sum in dollars to his mother, Mrs. Hafsat 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.
When contacted on Monday, EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, did not comment on the matter. A spokesperson for Kano State Government, Mohammed Garba, said, “I am not aware” and, so, he could not comment.
But insiders said Mrs. Ganduje could be arrested if she refuses to report for questioning. Unlike her husband, who by virtue of his office as Kano governor, enjoys immunity from arrest and prosecution, Mrs. Ganduje enjoys no such constitutional immunity.
KanyiDaily recalls that a popular political activist, Aisha Yesufu had insisted that Governor Ganduje should be sentenced to death for allegedly collecting bribes.