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Ganduje Embroiled in New Scandal, as Son Reports Wife to EFCC over Alleged Fraud, Bribery

Ganduje Embroiled in New Scandal, as Son Reports Wife to EFCC over Alleged Fraud, Bribery  

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is not new to scandals revolving around corruption allegations, and his family, which has been actively involved in governance issues in the state, has also been exposed to be engaged in fraudulent transactions.

While Ganduje was exposed by the press to be collecting kickbacks froma contractor, his wife, Hafsat Ganduje, was unveiled by their son, Abdulazeez Ganduje.

Abdulazeez officially wrote a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), detailing how his mother was engaged in alleged fraud and collection of bribes, causing the anti-graft commission to extend an invitation to her last Thursday; an invitation she was reported to have disregarded.

Premiums Times suggested that the Ganduje’s family has become notorious for using their access to power for corrupt private enrichment.

The online medium alluded to sources who saw Abdulazeez’s petition, saying the governor’s son 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 N35 million as “facilitation commission”.

Abdulazeez claimed that 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.

Nigerian Sketch contacted EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren Tuesday morning, but he declined to comment.

Already, there are moves by the governor to shield his wife from investigations, but the EFCC is being adamant, sources said, adding that the first lady “could as well be arrested if she refuses to report to the commission.”

Nigerian Sketch observes that in Kano State, Hafsat Ganduje is widely known as the “lioness controlling the lion”, suggesting that she indirectly directs the affairs of the state through her overbearing influence on the governor.

Former governor of the state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has repeatedly mockingly referred to Ganduje as “Mijin Hajiya”, meaning a man who is controlled by his wife.

There are insinuations that most of the appointments into Ganduje’s cabinet were suggested by Hafsat, and that the few who are not her choice hardly get the governor’s favour.

Further insinuations have it that the First Lady enjoys huge patronage from contractors and consultants engaged by the state government, as they allegedly extend to her “very generous returns.”

The state Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC) head, Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, was recently suspended when he launched a probe into the activities of the First Lady.

Muhuyi himself has been over-protective of Ganduje when the going was good between them, and any suggestion that Ganduje was not doing the right thing produced negative reaction from the suspended chairman.

He reacted to an NGO’s call to probe Ganduje’s bribery allegation by saying the video clips showing the governor gleefully stuffing dollars into his pockets were fake even when he has not subjected them to any forensic checks.

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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