The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has arrested Hafsat Ganduje, the wife of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son.
The arrest comes weeks after her failure to honor the anti-graft agency’s invitation.
Mrs. Ganduje had earlier been invited to report to the EFCC’s Abuja headquarters on September 13 but she did not appear and the EFCC then threatened to arrest her. Sources close to her later said she traveled to the UK at the time to attend the graduation ceremony of her son.
Investigators are questioning Mrs. Ganduje over allegations relating to land fraud in a petition by her own son, Abdualzeez Ganduje.
A person, who has the knowledge of the arrest but asked not to be identified, said “she was arrested on Monday evening.”
Mrs. Ganduje was still at EFCC headquarters as of 6 a.m. on Monday.
Abdulazeez had dragged his mum, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, sources familiar with the matter said, 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 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”.
It was later learned that Abdulazeez said he paid the sum in dollars to his mother, Mrs. Ganduje.