By Biola Adebayo
A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting at Maitama, has ordered accelerated hearing of a suit seeking to compel the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arrest and prosecute Kano state First Lady of Kano State, Dr. Hafsatu Abdullahi Ganduje, over alleged role she played in a $5million bribery scandal involving her husband.
The High Court presided by Justice Yusuf Halilu,in a ruling also ordered the EFCC, the Kano State government and the All Progressives Congress, APC, who were listed as 1st to 3rd Defendants, to show cause why all assets owned by and or traceable to governor Ganduje and his wife, should not be temporarily forfeited, pending the hearing and disposal of a suit that was lodged before it by a Non Governmental Organisation.
The court similarly ordered the APC, through its National Working Committee, to equally show cause why it should not be directed to immediately remove and substitute governor Ganduje’s name as its candidate for the 2019 general election in Kano State.
The orders , sequel to a suit marked CV/344/18 and a motion ex-parte marked M/887/18, which was lodged by a group under the aegis of the Incorporated Trustees of Hope Development and Empowerment Foundation.
In the prayers by the plaintiff in the motion ex-parte it filed through its lawyer, Mr. Johnmary Jideobi, it requested the court to order EFCC to temporarily seize all assets traceable to governor Ganduje and his wife, pending the determination of the suit.
However, Justice Halilu refused the request, even as he directed service of all the processes on the Defendants to enable them to appear before the court on January 31 to show cause why the orders should not be made.