A Nigerian governor’s son has fled to Egypt after reported his mother to EFCC.
EKOHOTBLOG reports that Abdulazeez Ganduje, the first son of the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has reportedly fled to Egypt with his family after his mother was accused of corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to sources familiar with the case, the governor’s son had reported his mother, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC, indicating a pattern of corruptly exploiting family influence for personal gain.
However, EKOHOTBLOG reports that Governor Ganduje had yet to make a statement on the matter.
According to a report by a daily Nigerian newspaper monitored by EKOHOTBLOG, the governor’s son fled Nigeria soon after filing the petition to avoid his parents’ “wrath.”
“Abdulazeez left Nigeria for Egypt with his family immediately after filing the petition. He told us he would remain there until the father leaves office. He has avoided his parents and gone underground since the beginning of the crisis,” a source disclosed.
It was gathered that Hafsat Ganduje had shunned an invitation extended to her by the anti-graft agency to report for questioning over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son.
Ganduje, the Kano State 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.
Abdulazeez reported to the anti-graft agency 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.”
It was further learnt that Abdulazeez said he paid the sum in dollars to his mother, 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.
Asked to comment on the matter, a spokesperson for Kano State Government, Mohammed Garba, said, “I am not aware” and, so, he could not comment.
Meanwhile, the EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, did not comment on the latest development when contacted.
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