It is fire on the mountain for Governor Umar Ganduje’s family as one of his sons by the name, Abdulazeez filed a criminal petition with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against his mother, Alhaja Hafsat Ganduje.
According to report gathered by Premium Times, Hafsat last week shunned the invitation extended to her by the anti-graft agency to answer to the fraud allegations levelled against her.
Abdulazeez had accused his mother of defrauding him, with sources familiar with the case suggesting a pattern of corruption using family access to power for private enrichment.
According to sources who saw the petition, Abdulazeez 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” which he paid to his mother.
So, allegedly, his mother received money for the acquisition of a said family land, which he (Abdulazeez) facilitated but the buyer never got the land. Apparently, it was sold to another person without refunding him.
“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,” another source added.
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.
Insiders have said Hafsat risks arrest if she refuses to honour the EFCC’s invitation as she is not protected by any immunity unlike her husband, who by virtue of his office, enjoys immunity from arrest and prosecution.