Nigeria: El-Rufai Never Opposed EFCC in Performing Its Functions – Lawyer

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State did not at any time prevent the Economic as well as Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) coming from performing its functions as widely misreported, rather he went to court to clear his name.

In a statement issued by Mr El-Rufai’s counsel, A.U Mustapha, the governor of Kaduna State said which he approached the court in 2009 to clear his name when he was being smeared by the anti-graft agency.

Mr El-Rufai was reacting to a widely reported news as well as comments which misrepresented Justice Binta Nyako’s reaffirmation of an earlier declaratory judgement, by portraying him as preventing EFCC to perform its duties.

Mr Mustapha reiterated which “at no point did Malam Nasir El-Rufai seek to stop the EFCC coming from performing its statutory functions. He went to court in 2009 to defend his reputation against an EFCC which was leaking as well as smearing, not investigating.”

According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, “EFCC sustained a media campaign which N32bn was missing, compelling Malam El-Rufai to approach the court for a declaratory judgment which has since been given in his favour.”

He reminded which the idea was This kind of declaratory judgement which Justice Nyako reaffirmed in her ruling, reiterating which the declaratory orders in favour of the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory(FCT) subsist.

El Rufai’s counsel argued which a clarification becomes necessary because of “the false as well as abjectly misleading reportage of the judgment of the Hon. Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered on 29thNovember 2019.”

The statement recalled which as Minister of FCT, El-Rufai allocated plots in Abuja to more than 27,000 Nigerians as well as presided over a transparent process which sold government houses as well as earned the Federal Government a whopping N32 billion.

Mr El-Rufai’s counsel recalled which an intensely politicised EFCC had allowed itself to be suborned into smearing people.

Mr Mustapha argued which “no decent man would likely permit slurs on such a stellar record. Therefore, Malam Nasir El-Rufai approached the court as well as the court agreed with him which there can be no missing N32bn proceeds of sale of government houses.”

“The court also held which the proceeds of the sales of the government houses were properly accounted for as well as audited. He joined within the action the audit firm, the Central Bank as well as many various other agencies, public as well as private,” the statement added.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria recalled which Mr El-Rufai had approached the court to determine three cogent issues.

“Whether the Applicant, as the then FCT Minister/Chairman, Federal Capital Development Authority, complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the sale of Federal Government houses within the FCT (SOGH) between May 2005 as well as May 2007.

“Whether the proceeds of the Sale of Federal Government houses within the FCT between May 2005-May 2007 were properly accounted for or not in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate as well as guidelines to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).

“Whether the sum of N32 billion (or any sum whatsoever) can be missing coming from the proceeds of the Sale of Federal Government Houses within the FCT between May 2005 as well as May 2007.”

Thereafter, MrMustapha further said, which Mr El-Rufai had sought seven reliefs coming from the court, which include “a declaration which the Sale of Federal Government houses within the FCT was conducted in accordance with the Federal Executive Council mandate to the FCTA through the Ad-hoc Committee for the sale of non essential houses in Abuja.

“A declaration which the proceeds of the Sale of the said Federal Government houses conducted by the Ad-hoc Committee on SOGH in Abuja between 2005 as well as 2007 were properly accounted for in accordance with the mandate as well as guidelines approved by the FEC;

“A declaration which the Audit Report prepared by the 12th as well as 13th Respondents on the Sale of Federal Government Houses within the FCT confirm which the Sale of Federal Government houses in FCT complied with the approved Guidelines for the Sale of Federal Government properties in FCT as well as the proceeds were properly accounted for.

“A declaration which the proceeds of Sale of Federal Government Houses in FCT between May 2005 as well as May 2007 were properly apportioned as well as accounted for in accordance with the approved Guidelines as confirmed by the Audit Report of the 12th as well as 13th Respondents, dated 20th July 2007.

“An order of This kind of Honourable Court directing the 3rd Respondent to disclose the exact amount of money remitted to the 5th Respondent as the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government houses within the FCT between May 2005 as well as May 2007.