Kaduna Assembly Launches Probe into El-Rufai’s Financial Transactions


Apr 24, 2024

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has commenced a comprehensive investigation into the state government’s financial transactions under former governor Nasir el-Rufai. The assembly has requested a vast array of documents and memoranda related to financial transactions between 2015 and May 2023, including loans, contractual liabilities, and payments to contractors.

The investigation was prompted by a resolution passed at the assembly’s 150th sitting on April 16, 2024, which constituted an ad-hoc committee to investigate the financial transactions. The committee will review documents and memoranda submitted by the Commissioner of Finance, including:

– Total loans from May 2015 to May 2023, with approvals from the Kaduna State House of Assembly
– Payments and outstanding liabilities to contractors from May 2015 to May 2023
– Reports of salaries paid to staff from 2016 to 2022
– Dloyd reports on KADRIS from 2015 to 2023
– Terms, purpose, and conditions of loans
– Appropriation items related to loans
– Records of payments made to contractors, including bank statements
– Modalities for payments of contracts
– Documents of all payments made to contractors
– Sales of government houses/properties and accounts of proceeds

The assembly has directed that 30 copies of the memo/documents be submitted to the office of the Clerk to the Legislature by 10:00 am on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. This investigation is a significant development in the assembly’s efforts to promote transparency and accountability in the state government’s financial transactions.

The assembly’s move is seen as a bold step towards uncovering any financial irregularities or mismanagement during El-Rufai’s tenure. The investigation may uncover details of questionable financial transactions, including alleged diversion of funds, inflated contracts, and unaccounted loans.

The assembly’s warning to Bello El-Rufai, the son of the former governor, against threatening and intimidating the House over the investigation, suggests that the assembly is determined to carry out a thorough and unbiased investigation.

The outcome of the investigation may have significant implications for the state’s financial management and governance, and may lead to recommendations for reforms and improvements in financial transparency and accountability.

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