The Kano State Government has denied reports that the wife of the Governor of the state, Hafsat Ganduje, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It was widely reported that Mrs Ganduje was apprehended in Kano on Monday evening by the crack detective team of the anti-graft agency.
She was according to the reports, moved to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday for further interrogation in relation to the allegation levelled against her.
The Kano First lady was allegedly arrested based on a petition by one of her sons, Abdulazeez Ganduje, who had accused her of fraud and diversion of funds.
Ganduje had earlier been invited to report to the EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja on September 13 but failed to honour the invitation and then the commission threatened to arrest her.
But in a statement on Tuesday, the Kano government has described as fake news, reports of the arrest of the First lady.
The statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the reports of the arrest were unfounded.
He said the stories could not be attributed to any credible source, asking the good people of the state to disregard the rumour and also remain calm.
The statement reads: “The Kano state government has dispelled as mere rumours being peddled by mischief makers that wife to the governor, Prof. Hafsat Ganduje has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”
“The commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba expressed regrets that the content of the unfounded story could not be attributed to any credible source such as the purported arresting agency, the EFCC.
“He pointed out that most, unfortunately, the fake story is being peddled on social media platforms without confirmation from either the government or the EFCC
“Malam Garba said the governor’s wife has not been arrested or detained and she is presently discharging her responsibilities
“The commissioner called on the good people of Kano state to disregard the rumour and also remain calm.”