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Kaduna Assembly Set To Summon El-Rufai, Probe Ex-Governor



Kaduna Speaker Alleges El-Rufai's Administration Of Embezzling N423bn

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has commenced an investigation into loans and grants obtained by the previous government led by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

News About Nigeria reports that the assembly formed a committee during their meeting on Tuesday, chaired by Speaker Yusuf Liman Dahiru.

The committee is mandated to gather information about the financial activities, loans, grants, and project implementations from 2015 to 2023.

They will also call upon El-Rufai and others, like the former Speakers of the 8th and 9th Assembly, as well as former finance and budget commissioners.

Recently, there has been tension between El-Rufai and his successor, Uba Sani, over the state’s financial situation.

In March, Governor Sani complained about the heavy debt burden inherited from El-Rufai’s administration, making it challenging to pay workers’ salaries.

Sani claimed his government inherited significant debts and contractual liabilities amounting to $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual liabilities from El-Rufai’s time in office.

In reaction, Bashir El-Rufai, the son of the ex-governor criticised Sani for allegedly neglecting his duties as governor and accused him of surrounding himself with incompetent aides.

He suggested that Sani was avoiding responsibility by blaming others for the state’s challenges.

Aisha Galadima, an ally of the former governor, also slammed Sani for the comment on the state’s finances.

For that, she was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS). She was however released on Tuesday.

When questioned after her release, Galadima said that she was harassed and beaten during her time in custody.

She was taken by the DSS from her home in Tudun Wada, Kaduna, on Sunday afternoon.

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