Why Ganduje’s son dragged Kano first lady to EFCC
The wife of the Governor of Kano State, Mrs Hafsat Ganduje, was last week invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to report for questioning at the Abuja headquarters over a bribery case, has shunned the invitation.
According to a report by Premium Times, her son, Abdulazeez Ganduje, had dragged his mum, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, suggesting a pattern of corruptly using family access to power for private enrichment.
Mr Ganduje, the governor, had previously been involved in a corruption-related scandal. He has struggled to untangle himself from the public perception that he is a corrupt public servant since 2018 when Daily Nigerian published a series of videos that showed the governor collecting money from a government contractor.
According to sources who saw Abdulazeez’s petition, he complained 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,” and 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.
Asked to comment on the matter, a spokesperson for Kano State Government, Mohammed Garba, said, “I am not aware” and, so, he could not comment.
EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, did not comment on the matter when contacted on Monday.
But an insider said Mrs Ganduje could be arrested if she refuses to report for questioning. Unlike her husband, who by virtue of his office enjoys immunity from arrest and prosecution, Mrs Ganduje enjoys no such constitutional immunity.