Kano State Government has dismissed a report that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s wife, Prof. Hafsat Ganduje, has been arrested by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), describing it as mere rumours being peddled by mischief-makers.
Recall that PremiumTimes reported that Hafsat, was arrested over allegations of bribery and fraud after EFCC acted based on a petition by her son, Abdulazeez Ganduje.
Hafsat was arrested after failing to show up at the EFCC Abuja headquarters on September 13 upon invitation.
Abdulazeez was said to have reported his mother to the commission for corruptly using family power and status for personal enrichment.
According to the publication, Abdulazeez in his petition had stated 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”. He was said to have paid the money to his mother.
A source was quoted to have said;
But three months later, the property developer discovered that the plots of land he wanted and had paid for had been allocated to other buyers. He then requested to be refunded.
Reacting to the report, Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, expressed regret that the content of the unfounded story could not be attributed to any credible source such as the purported arresting agency, the EFCC.
He pointed out that unfortunately, the fake story is being peddled on social media platforms without confirmation from either the government or the EFCC.
Malam Garba said the governor’s wife has not been arrested or detained and is presently discharging her responsibilities.
The commissioner called on the good people of the state to disregard the rumour, urging them to remain calm.