The Kano State Government has finally reacted to viral report that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’ s wife, Prof. Hafsat Ganduje, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), describing it as mere rumours being peddled by mischief- makers.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, expressed regret that the content of the unfounded story could not be attributed to any credible source such as the purported arresting agency, the EFCC.
The Commissioner pointed out that unfortunately, the fake story is being peddled on social media platforms without confirmation from either the government or the EFCC.
He said the governor’ s wife has not been arrested or detained and is presently discharging her responsibilities.
Malam Garba called on the good people of the state to disregard the rumour, urging them to remain calm.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it will appeal the ruling by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court stopping the commission from retrying a former governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu.
Orji Kalu, the Senate chief whip had recently filed an application before the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop his retrial.
The EFCC in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, seen by online news media argued that the judge erred in its ruling.
EFCC further averred that the court erred in its ruling that the Supreme Court did not order the retrial of Kalu.
While the back and forth with the EFCC was ongoing, Kalu decided to pull out of the race to become president of the Weightlifting Federation of Nigeria.
Premium Times newspaper reports that the decision was reached after due consultation with friends who advised him to pull his weight behind another contestant.
Associates of the former governor have repeatedly claimed that his trial is political and has connections to the 2023 general elections.
Kalu himself had stated in a public that his case with the anti- graft commission has a political undertone.
In another report, a Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Thursday, October 14 for the arraignment of Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over an alleged N400 million fraud.
Daily Trust reports that the arraignment which was initially scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, was adjourned following the absence of Obiora Egwuatu, the judge.
All the parties involved in the matter, including Metuh, were present in court, yet the trial could not proceed.
Metuh would be re- tried over allegations of receiving the sum of 400 million from the former national security adviser in 2014 under the administration of Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), prior to the 2015 presidential election, without contract approval or execution, Channels TV also reported.