Dismay, unrest as EFCC arrests Northern governor’s top appointee

Operatives of the EFCC stormed the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA) on Monday, October 11

The commission’s dealers, for reasons yet to be disclosed, arrested the KASUPDA’s boss, Malam Ismail Umaru Dikko

The arrest of Umaru Dikko as the building of the agency caused serious drama between his staff and the EFCC’s officials

The director-general of the Kaduna State Urban Planning Development Agency (KASUPDA) Malam Ismail Umaru Dikko, has been arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Umaru Dikko was nabbed and whisked away to the EFCC’s zonal office in Kaduna on Monday, October 11, while he was in a meeting with his staff.

Daily Trust reports that according to eyewitnesses, EFCC officials alongside some armed policemen accompanied the KASUPDA DG.

It was gathered that staff members of the state’s agency and the security guard tried to stop the EFCC’s operatives from taking their boss away but were asked by him not to prevent them.

EFCC arrests wife of northern governor over allegations of fraud and bribery

Meanwhile, Hajia Hafsat Ganduje, the first lady of Kano state had been arrested by the EFCC. The wife of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was picked up weeks after her failure to honour the agency’s invitation over a bribery and land fraud case reported by her son, Abdulazeez Ganduje.

The EFCC had earlier asked the first lady to report to its Abuja headquarters on September 13, however, she failed to appear and the commission then threatened to arrest her.

Sources close to Ganduje’s wife noted that she travelled to the UK to attend the graduation ceremony of her son.

Operatives of the commission questioned the first lady over allegations relating to land fraud in a petition by her own son, Abdualzeez Ganduje.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the wife to the Kano state governor was arrested on Monday evening, October 4.

Before this, Abdulazeez was reported to have fled to Egypt with his family after exposing his mother’s alleged corruption.

Abdulazeez had dragged his mum, Hafsat Ganduje, to the EFCC for alleged corruption. The governor’s son left the country immediately after filing the petition to avoid the “wrath of his parents.”

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