APC National chair, Ganduje, wife to appear in court over alleged bribery

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Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his wife Hafsat, and six others are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday on accusations of alleged bribery, diversion, and theft of billions of naira.

This development occurred following the court’s order to serve the respondents with a notice of trial via substituted means.

On June 5, 2024, the Kano State High Court issued the order, permitting the state to serve the seven respondents through substituted service, which was then carried out on June 6, 2024, through advertising in two national newspapers.

The respondents in the case include Abdullahi Ganduje (1st respondent), his wife Hafsat (2nd respondent), Abubakar Bawuro (3rd respondent), Umar Abdullahi Umar (4th respondent), Jibrilla Muhammad (5th respondent), Safari Textiles Ltd (7th respondent), and Lesage General Enterprises (8th respondent).

Justice Amina Adamu, who presided over the case, granted the order following an application by Zahradeen Kofar-Mata, counsel for the state government, representing the lead prosecution counsel, Ya’u Adamu.

“This court grants the application for substituted service because it is necessary to ensure the respondents are duly notified of the proceedings,” stated Justice Adamu during the court session.

“The matter is adjourned till July 11, 2024, for hearing, and all parties involved are ordered to present their fiat to the court.”

The hearing is expected to commence at 10am at the Kano State High Court on Thursday.