‘Homeless’ In 1999: Gov El Rufai Declares N90 Billion Assets, Including 40 Mansions @BTBreakingTimes

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai has declared that he is worth N90 billion and about 40 mansions in assets. The governor’s ...

Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El Rufai has declared that he is worth N90 billion and about 40 mansions in assets. The governor’s assets declaration came as a big shock to most Kaduna residents yesterday as he allegedly declared ownership of 40 mansions, most of which are located in Abuja.

According to the Union Newspaper reports, Kaduna State Director Code of Conduct Bureau, George David, however, declined to comment when contacted.

He said the law on asset declaration permitted public office holders not to make their asset declaration public. The director however disclosed that asset declaration by El- Rufai and his Deputy were made long before yesterday.

According to him, any further information concerning the amount and assets involved in the declaration form, could only be enquired from Abuja headquarter of the Bureau.

El Rufai had been exposed in 2011 by a Wikileaks cable has being homeless in 1999 and seeking for a loan to buy a taxi, according to then US Ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell.

Governor El-Rufai’s Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, confirmed that the governor had declared his assets but promised to get back to journalists with details. As at press time, he never did.

In 2008, the Nigerian Senate ‘banned’ Nasir El Rufai from public office after an investigation found N32 billion ($217m, £138m at the time) was missing from the accounts of the Federal Capital Territory which runs Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Same year, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) declared former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, wanted over an alleged N32 billion fraud while in office.

A statement issued by the commission’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, stated that the former minister “is wanted for abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N32 billion.”

The statement added that “The need to declare el-Rufai wanted became imperative following his failure to honour a simple invitation from the commission to respond to weighty allegations levelled against him in petitions being investigated by the commission.”


Kayode Sesan | Breaking Times

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