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N432bn Probe: El-Rufai Sues Kaduna Assembly Over Corruption Allegations

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Former Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has filed a lawsuit against the Kaduna State House of Assembly, challenging allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds during his administration.

The suit, filed at the Federal High Court in Kaduna on Wednesday, disputes the findings of an ad hoc committee which accused El-Rufai’s government of siphoning ₦432 billion and leaving the state burdened with significant debts.

In a fundamental rights suit brought by his lawyer, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, El-Rufai argues that the Assembly’s report is null and void because he was not given a fair hearing to respond to the accusations leveled against him and his administration.

Earlier in June, the Kaduna State Assembly’s ad hoc committee submitted a report claiming that most loans obtained during El-Rufai’s tenure were misused or obtained without due process.

The committee, chaired by Henry Zacharia, recommended that El-Rufai and some former officials be investigated and prosecuted for alleged abuse of office, diversion of public funds, and money laundering.

A report by the Kaduna State House of Assembly’s ad hoc committee accused his administration of siphoning ₦432 billion through mismanagement of funds and improper use of loans, sparking a legal showdown.

The committee also called for the suspension of the former Commissioner of Finance, Shizer Badda.

Reacting to the allegations, El-Rufai’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, defended the former governor’s record and described the committee’s claims as “scandalous” and politically motivated.

Adekeye asserted that El-Rufai and his team cooperated with the committee in good faith, believing in the integrity of their service and the fairness of the process.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai is immensely proud of his record of governance and the legacy he left in Kaduna State,” Adekeye stated. “This jaundiced probe should be disregarded as the politically motivated hatchet job it is.”

The Speaker of the Kaduna State Assembly, Yusuf Liman, stood by the committee’s findings, emphasizing the need for accountability and transparency in governance.

“Our duty is to ensure that public funds are used for the benefit of the people,” Speaker Liman asserted. “The Assembly will defend its actions in court and uphold the principles of transparency and accountability.”

El-Rufai has vehemently denied these accusations, filing a lawsuit challenging the Assembly’s findings and asserting he was not afforded a fair opportunity to defend himself.

Beyond financial issues, El-Rufai’s governance style faced criticism for its perceived authoritarianism and controversial policies, particularly in land use and urban planning.

These decisions often sparked political tensions and drew sharp rebukes from opposition parties and civil society groups.

Despite the controversies, supporters commend El-Rufai for his efforts to reform and develop Kaduna State, highlighting infrastructure projects and economic initiatives launched during his tenure.

However, critics argue that his administration favored certain interests while neglecting others, exacerbating social divisions.

Throughout these challenges, El-Rufai maintained a defiant stance, defending his legacy and integrity.

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