Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state did not at any time prevent the Economic and Financial Commission(EFCC) from performing its functions as widely misreported, rather he went to court to clear his name.
In a statement issued by el-Rufai’s counsel, A.U Mustapha (SAN), the governor of Kaduna state said that he approached the court in 2009 to clear his name when he was being smeared by the anti-graft agency.
El-Rufai was reacting to a widely reported news and comments which misrepresented Justice Binta Nyako’s reaffirmation of an earlier declaratory judgement, by portraying him as preventing EFCC to perform its duties.
Mustapha(SAN) reiterated that: “At no point did Malam Nasir el-Rufai seek to stop the EFCC from performing its statutory functions. He went to court in 2009 to defend his reputation against an EFCC that was leaking and smearing, not investigating.’’
According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria: ‘’EFCC sustained a media campaign that N32bn was missing, compelling Malam El-Rufai to approach the court for a declaratory judgment which has since been given in his favour.’’
Mustapha(SAN) reminded that it was this declaratory judgement that Justice Nyako reaffirmed in her ruling, reiterating that the declaratory orders in favour of the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory(FCT) subsist.
El-Rufai’s counsel argued that a clarification becomes necessary because of ‘’the false and abjectly misleading reportage of the judgment of the Hon. Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja delivered on 29th November 2019.’’
The statement recalled that as Minister of FCT, el-Rufai allocated plots in Abuja to more than 27,000 Nigerians and presided over a transparent process that sold government houses and earned the Federal Government a whopping N32bn.
El-Rufai’s counsel recalled that an intensely politicised EFCC had allowed itself to be suborned into smearing people.
Mustapha(SAN) argued that: “No decent man would permit slurs on such a stellar record. Therefore, Malam Nasir el-Rufai approached the court and the court agreed with him that there are no missing N32bn proceeds of the sale of government houses