Former El-Rufai Commissioners Refute Kaduna Lawmakers’ Allegations of N423 Billion Loan Fraud

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Former commissioners under the administration of Nasir El-Rufai, ex-Governor of Kaduna State, have dismissed a probe by the state House of Assembly as a baseless attack motivated by malice.

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The commissioners described the report as “irredeemably riddled with falsehood, predetermined conclusions, and misrepresentation,” criticizing the process as patently unfair. They spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, presenting a statement jointly signed by Jafaru Sani, former Commissioner of Environment; Hafsat Baba, former Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development; Umma Aboki, former Commissioner of Planning and Budget Commission; and Bashir Sa’idu, former Commissioner of Finance and Chief of Staff.

The former officials affirmed the integrity of their administration, highlighting its innovations and contributions to the modernization of Kaduna State. They refuted the allegations of financial misconduct and mismanagement of N423 billion from loans obtained during El-Rufai’s tenure, calling the claims defamatory and unfounded.

House of Assembly’s Allegations
The Kaduna State House of Assembly adopted a report from its ad-hoc committee, indicting El-Rufai and calling for his prosecution. The report accused the former governor of mismanaging loans and not adhering to due process.

Commissioners’ Defense
The former commissioners claimed the report was based on misinformation and lacked rigour. They emphasized that no certified true copy of the report had been provided to those mentioned or who testified before the committee. The officials argued that the report relied on unverified social media documents rather than official sources.

They outlined their administration’s achievements, including securing a World Bank Performance-for-Result (P4R) credit of USD 350 million, which was used for infrastructure projects under the Urban Renewal Programme. They maintained that all loans were properly utilized and followed due process, with the state’s audited accounts reflecting transparency.

Rebuttal of Specific Claims
The commissioners dismissed several allegations, including money laundering and improper loan utilization. They accused the ad-hoc committee of indulging in “voodoo accounting” to fabricate a scandal and noted that the state’s loan exposure was exaggerated.

They also highlighted projects initiated by their administration, such as science secondary schools and primary health centres, which were funded by development loans. They questioned the current administration’s credibility, noting that the projects being showcased were funded by loans secured during El-Rufai’s tenure.

Conflicts of Interest and Procedural Flaws
The former officials pointed out conflicts of interest within the ad-hoc committee, noting that some members had business dealings with the government agencies under investigation. They specifically mentioned Barrister Mahmud Lawal Ismaila, a biological brother of Governor Uba Sani, as an active committee member.

Conclusion
The commissioners reiterated their commitment to defending their reputations and the integrity of their administration. They promised to address every allegation in detail at the appropriate time, aiming to expose what they described as a poorly executed attempt to tarnish their records and that of Nasir El-Rufai, one of Nigeria’s most dedicated public servants.

By Naija247news
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