Ex-Gov Ganduje, wife to be arraigned April 17 for alleged bribery, fraud

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APC National Chairman and Ex-Kano State Gov Abdullahi Ganduje.

A Kano State High Court has fixed April 17 for the arraignment of former Governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, his wife, Hafsat, and six others over the allegations of bribery and diversion of public funds running into billions of naira.

The defendants are: Ganduje, his wife, Hafsat, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Limited, Safari Textiles Limited and Lasage General Enterprises Limited. 

Ganduje, who is the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was dragged to court by the Kano State government to answer an eight-count charge bordering on bribery, misappropriation and diversion of funds.

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The allegations are contained in a charge sheet dated 3rd April, 2024 with a 15 prosecution witnesses list attached.

One of the counts said: “That you, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, sometime between the period of January 10, 2016 or there about, at Kano in the Kano Judicial Division, while serving as the Governor of Kano State and being a public servant in the government of Kano State corruptly asked for and received the sum of $200,000 being benefit for himself from one of the beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the Kano State Government on his instruction and approval as part of his function as the Governor of Kano State.”

The document said such action amounted to official corruption contrary to and punishable under Section 22 of The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended), Law No 2 of 2009, Laws of Kano State of Nigeria.

Another count reads further: “That you, Abdulahi Umar Ganduje, sometime between the period of February 10, 2017 or thereabout, at Kano in the Kano Judicial Division, while serving as the Governor of Kano State and being a public servant in the government of Kano State, agreed to do or caused to be done an illegal act, to wit, dishonestly and/or corruptly to your own advantage collected a kick back of the sum of $213,000 being money generated from people and entities seeking or holding the execution of Kano State Government contract and or project for the remodeling of Kantin Kwari textile market as a bribe through one of the contractors (agents).”

According to the charge, the former governor thereby committed the offence of official corruption contrary to and punishable under Section 22 of The Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended), Law No2 of 2009, Laws of Kano State of Nigeria.

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