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El-Rufai Sues Kaduna Assembly Over Corruption Accusations

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Former Governor Nasir El-Rufai has initiated a legal challenge against the Kaduna State House of Assembly following serious allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement made against his administration. El-Rufai, who governed from May 2015 to May 2023, is accused of embezzling N432 billion and significantly increasing the state’s debt burden.

El-Rufai personally attended the Federal High Court in Kaduna to file a fundamental rights enforcement petition, demonstrating his resolve to clear his record. He alleges that the committee of the Assembly that looked into his tenure treated him unfairly and did not give him a fair trial.

A social media message posted by El-Rufai’s media assistant, Muyiwa Adekeye, verified this legal action. The statement claims that El-Rufai’s attorney, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, has challenged the Kaduna Assembly Committee’s conclusions, claiming that they violate El-Rufai’s constitutional rights.

Mustapha’s legal argument hinges on the assertion that El-Rufai, as a citizen of Nigeria, is entitled to a fair hearing as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The lawyer insists that the committee’s report, which was formally endorsed by the Kaduna State House of Assembly, lacks constitutional backing, making it invalid and unenforceable.

In the lawsuit, El-Rufai seeks a court declaration that the committee’s report on the investigation of loans, financial transactions, contractual liabilities, and other related matters during his administration is unconstitutional. Specifically, he alleges that the report’s ratification violated his right to a fair hearing as guaranteed under Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution.

The controversy started earlier in June when the Assembly’s ad hoc committee, which was entrusted with examining El-Rufai’s financial actions, turned in its findings. El-Rufai was charged by the Henry Zacharia-led committee with abusing state loans and shunning accepted practices for financial management.

Further accusations were made by Speaker Yusuf Liman, who stated that N423 billion was embezzled by El-Rufai’s administration. Liman claims that there has been serious economic hardship placed on Kaduna State as a result of this alleged financial misconduct.

As the judicial process continues, El-Rufai’s complaint raises important questions about responsibility and governance in state matters in addition to contesting the conclusions of the Assembly’s investigation. It is anticipated that the case will be crucial, establishing guidelines for Nigeria’s accountability system for elected officials.

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