EFCC Forms Team to Investigate El-Rufai, Others Over Alleged N423 Billion Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has assembled a team of operatives to investigate allegations of mismanagement of N423 billion during the tenure of former Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and several key members of his administration.

It is reported that the former governor will be summoned for questioning.

Also under scrutiny are former Finance commissioners who served between May 29, 2015, and May 29, 2023, as well as all accountants-general during the eight-year period of El-Rufai’s administration, and the chairpersons of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) from 2018 to 2023.

Others are all the managing directors of the Kaduna Market Development and Management Company Ltd from May 29, 2015, to May 29, 2023; and all the Managing Directors of Kaduna Roads Agency (KADRA) from October 11, 2017, to November 2021 except Amina Ja’afar Ladan, an engineer who spent only one month in office.

More revelations have been made on the alleged corruption during El-Rufai’s tenure.

The Ad-Hoc Committee of the Kaduna House of Assembly has revealed that approximately N423,115,028,072.88 was illicitly withdrawn from the state government’s funds between 2015 and 2023.

Additionally, it has identified a total withdrawal of $1.4 million from the Kaduna State Economic Transformation Account.

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The House panel has called for the refund of N19,239,511,099.76 from eight individuals and companies.

Furthermore, it has recommended that 15 contractors repay N36,351,126,811.65, citing payments made for work that was either not completed, overpaid, or diverted.

The committee highlighted that although contracts worth N510,407,166,975.39 were awarded by El-Rufai’s administration from 1999 to 2023, only N198,921,880,169.04 was actually disbursed to contractors.

Investigations conducted by our correspondent revealed that a Special Task Force was established to investigate a petition submitted by a Non-Governmental Organisation, focusing primarily on the findings of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

The Nation reported that the team promptly initiated actions yesterday to assess and categorize the allegations against the former governor, as well as some former commissioners and aides.

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