JUST-IN: Ganduje Suspended Over Alleged Corruption

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Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Kano State has been suspended from the party.

New Telegraph reports that Gandjue was suspended on Monday, April 15 by members of his Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of the State.

According to the emerging reports, the former governor was suspended over alleged corruption charges levelled against him by the state government.

It would be recalled that the Kano High Court had said Ganduje will, on April 17, 2024, be arraigned on charges bothering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

According to the Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, who confirmed the development, said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The accused individuals, as listed in the writ of summon, include Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Hafsat Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Ltd, Safari Textiles Ltd, and Lesage General Enterprises.

The Kano State Government, which initiated the criminal suit against the eight respondents, declared its readiness to present 15 witnesses to testify before Justice Usman Na’aba of State High Court number four.

He said; “It is very true. We have filed the case and it’s going to hold on the 17th of April, 2024. What I cannot confirm is whether he is served or not, but he will definitely be served,”

Emphasizing the issue, Dederi further stated the significance of accountability in governance, stating, “What he (Ganduje) doesn’t understand is that you cannot run away from the evil day, it will definitely come to you, and this will even serve as a deterrence to all of us that are also in government now.”

The commissioner also addressed the jurisdictional aspect of the case, asserting, “He was saying that we can’t prosecute him, forgetting that the offence also falls under the category of the state offences,”

“It’s not totally a federal affair and we have even appealed to Justice Liman ruling on that.”

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