The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has commenced an investigation into an alleged N423 billion fraud by the former Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai.

By: Fex Born

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has assembled a team of operatives to investigate the alleged mismanagement of N423 billion by former Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and key members of his government.

Sources have informed The Nation that the former governor will soon be summoned by the agency for questioning.

The Kaduna State House of Assembly previously recommended an inquiry into Nasir El-Rufai for abuse of office and money laundering.

This recommendation was made by an ad hoc committee established by the House of Assembly to scrutinize all financial transactions, loans, and contracts approved during El-Rufai’s tenure.

The committee, led by Henry Zacharia, reported that the El-Rufai administration misappropriated a total of N423 billion, resulting in significant debts for the state.

The decision was made by the ad hoc committee to investigate corruption and abuse of power during El-Rufai’s leadership in the state.

Additionally, the lawmakers suggested that all Commissioners of Finance, Accountant Generals, and Chairmen of Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) from 2015 to 2023 be investigated by appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Furthermore, the Managing Directors of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company Ltd during the same period were also recommended for thorough investigation into their management of the company.

“That, the coordinator of the Kaduna State Government’s Irrigation Programmes for the cultivation of Wheat at Ruwan Sanyi, Kubau Local Government Area in 2016 or thereabout, be referred to the appropriate Law Enforcement Agencies for a thorough investigation.

“That, Ms. Dolapo Popoola, the immediate past Managing Director of AlL KAPSCO whose whereabouts are not known, be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for investigation into her handling of the affairs of the Company and for the recovery of all Government Properties in her possession.

“That, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Kaduna State on Media and Communication from 29th May, 2015 to 29th May, 2023 be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for investigation on his involvement in the contracts in Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC).”

The lawmakers alleged that El-Rufai’s government paid N36 billion for contracts that were never completed, thus violating state procurement laws.

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