EFCC assembles team to probe El-Rufai and others over reported N423 billion fraud


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has launched an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of N423 billion by former Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and several top officials of his administration. This investigation will involve the summoning of El-Rufai and various key figures who served during his term from May 29, 2015 to May 29, 2023.

Persons under investigation:

1. **Former governors**:
– Nasir El-Rufai (former governor of Kaduna State).

2. **Financial Commissioners**:
– All people who held the position of finance commissioner between May 29, 2015 and May 29, 2023.

3. **General accountants**:
– All persons who served as Accountant General during the eight years of El-Rufai’s mandate.

4. **KADIRS Presidents**:
– Chairmen of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) from 2018 to 2023.

5. **Chief Executive Officers of Kaduna Market Development and Management Company Ltd**:
– All former directors general who held office from May 29, 2015 to May 29, 2023.

6. Managing Directors of Kaduna Roads Agency (KADRA)
– All former directors general in office from October 11, 2017 to November 2021, excluding Amina Ja’afar Ladan, who served a brief one-month tenure.

Scope of investigation:
The EFCC investigation aims to examine the management and use of substantial funds allocated under the El-Rufai administration. By examining these key figures, the EFCC seeks to uncover any potential financial misconduct, misallocation or misappropriation of public funds amounting to N423 billion.

Implications:
The outcome of this investigation could have significant repercussions, not only for the individuals involved, but also for public confidence in government institutions and the transparency of state financial management. If evidence of corruption or financial mismanagement is discovered, it can lead to legal action and reforms to prevent future occurrences.
“We receive a petition from an NGO. We have therefore opened an investigation into the issues raised in the petition.

“The report of the ad hoc committee of the Kaduna State House of Assembly is also useful. We will soon invite el-Rufai and some members of his team for questioning.

“The Special Working Group held a lengthy session on Monday (yesterday) on the contents of the petition and the report of the ad hoc committee.”

“The Legislature’s report actually laid a solid foundation for our team’s investigation. » A source revealed