How El-Rufai stole Kaduna’s N36bn on illegal contacts exposed as lawmakers demand refund

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The Kaduna State House of Assembly has demanded an immediate refund of N36 billion allegedly paid for illegal contractual transactions by the past government of Nasir El-Rufa’i.

This was stated in the recommendations submitted by the House Committee set up to probe alleged fraud and abuse of office by El-Rufa’i’s government on Wednesday.

According to the committee, the government of El-Rufa’i paid the sum of N36 billion for contracts that were not done and violated the state procurement laws.

The committee said, “That the Contractors listed hereunder should refund to the Kaduna State Government a total sum of N36,351,126,811.65 being monies paid for work either not done, overpayment or diversion as follows:- Ronchess Global Resources PLC, Chamberlayne Global Concept Ltd, M/S Prestige Integrated Services Ltd, M/S Philco Nig. Ltd, M/S Gulu Engineering & Technical Services Ltd, CCECC Nigeria Ltd, Danjiro Nigeria Ltd and Rafali Nigeria Ltd.

Others are Sanjo Nigeria Ltd, Konstrand Nigeria Ltd, Spectrum Engineering Ltd, Bindigary Construction Ltd, Gmorli Nigeria Ltd, Shiyuma Nigeria Ltd and Farm Track Nigeria Ltd.

The total amount involved was put at N36,351,126,811.65.

The committee also said that “unjustified cash withdrawals to the tune of N4,936,916,333.00 made between 2019 and 2022 by the Commissioner of Finance and the Accountant General of the State shoud be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agencies for in-depth investigation and necessary action”.

It continued: “That, the unjustified withdrawals of the sum of $1.4 Million USD from the Kaduna State Economic Transformation Account No. 0809009141 for the period of 30/10/2020 – 06/05/2020 be referred to the relevant Law Enforcement Agencies for in-depth investigation and appropriate action.”

“That, the sum of N632,456,000.00 only paid to Tulip Future Associates Ltd without official engagement as Consultants be recovered by the State Government,” it added.

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