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Corruption: Kaduna Assembly Orders Probe of el-Rufai

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The Ad Hoc Committee of the Kaduna State House of Assembly has recommended a thorough investigation into the administration of former Governor Nasir el-Rufai over allegations of gross financial mismanagement.

Chairman of the Assembly’s Information Committee, Hon. Henry Zacharia, on Wednesday revealed that their investigation unearthed significant mismanagement of loans and funds during el-Rufai’s tenure.

The probe, which has ignited a firestorm of controversy, revolves around the alleged diversion of an astronomical sum totaling N423 billion during el-Rufai’s time in office.

Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Liman Dahiru, underscored the seriousness of the situation, urging the immediate suspension of key figures implicated in the report, including the current finance commissioner and the chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Mugu Yusuf, outlined the key revelations, which include the illegal withdrawal of N4.9billion in cash from state government accounts, along with an additional $1.4 million.

Moreover, the investigation also exposed alleged collusion between the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance and KADIS, resulting in the siphoning and theft of 30 billion naira from the state’s Internal Revenue Agency accounts.

The committee recommended that N62 billion should be refunded to the state government.

The committee also recommended the investigation and prosecution of el-Rufai and other indicted members of his cabinet by security and anti-corruption agencies.

Allegations include abuse of office through the award of contracts without due process, diversion of public funds, money laundering, and plunging Kaduna State into heavy debt.

Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television, Zachariah said, “The N423 billion were monies taken from the purse of the government without any activity attached to it.

“The Commissioner for Finance and Accountant General withdrew N30 billion. They withdrew N1.4 trillion from the state government account.”

The committee, appointed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly, was tasked with examining loans, grants, and project implementation spanning from 2015 to 2023, during which el-Rufai served as the governor of the state.

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