The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has reportedly arrested Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje’s wife, Hafsat over allegations of bribery and fraud.
Investigators are questioning Mrs Ganduje over allegations relating to land fraud in a petition by her son, Abdualzeez Ganduje.
A person privy to the arrest who spoke to Premium Times on condition of anonymity, said Ganduje’s wife “was arrested this (Monday) evening.”
She had earlier been invited by the anti-graft agency over a petition by her eldest son, Abdulazeez.
Hafsat was arrested after failing to show up at the EFCC Abuja headquarters on September 13.
She was said to have travelled to the UK at the time to attend the graduation ceremony of her son.
As of 6am on Tuesday, she was still at EFCC headquarters, sources said.
Abdulazeez had reported to the EFCC 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 N35million as “facilitation commission.”
It was 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,” a source was quoted as saying.