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Missing N423bn: Group wants EFCC, ICPC to probe El-Rufai’s government

 

A group, The Kaduna Accountability Network,  has called on anti-graft agencies to probe the N423 billion allegedly misapplied by the administration of Malam Nasir el-Rufai.

The group expressed dismay over alleged comments by the former governor of Kaduna state.

The Kaduna State House of Assembly had received the report of an adhoc committee in which the el-Rufai government between May 2015 to May 2023 was indicted for various financial misdemeanors, with some top officials of the government mandated to return various sums of money believed to have been illegally misapplied by the officials.   

While addressing the media in Kaduna on Wednesday, the group  urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to wade into the issue and ensure a thorough investigation of the alleged financial malpractices against officials of the el-Rufai administration and bring those found wanting to book to deter others from carrying out such illegal acts in future. 

Chairman of the Network, Jabir Maiturare and secretary, Ayuba Sambo Isah, told the media that, “we are compelled, as patriotic citizens of Kaduna state, to express our utter disgust at the gloating and irresponsible utterances, allegedly made by Malam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, the former governor of the state, as widely reported, in which he sarcastically wished for the eventual failure of his successor, Sen. Uba Sani, the governor of Kaduna state.

“As stakeholders in the development of Kaduna, we cannot stand idle, while a man who should be held accountable for the missing N423,115,028,072.88  from our commonwealth attempts to undermine a government that represents the will of the people, and to continue to take us for granted. We are calling on el-Rufa’i, to keep quiet and quit this empty rhetoric and distractions. The people of Kaduna state are wiser and can see through his tricks, antics, and distractions.

“Nasir el-Rufai should talk about the findings of the KDHA investigations in which his government was accused of reckless awards of contracts without due process, humongous withdrawals of cash both in Naira and Dollars with no records of utilisation, multiplicity of abandoned projects for which billions of naira were paid to contractors for work not done, among many other findings. The citizens of Kaduna are yearning for answers to these. 

“We are urging the anti-corruption agencies to take prompt action on the report of the KDHA for in depth investigation and appropriate action to recover our commonwealth and prosecute anyone implicated. We, the people of Kaduna state vow to remain united and vigilant until every kobo stolen from our state through a mafia-style gangsterism is returned to the people. We commend Governor Sani for his steadfastness in the face of the provocations by the former administration and its cronies.”

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