Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has slammed reports that he prevented the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) from performing its functions.
El-Rufai made this declaration on Saturday, November 30, via a statement by his counsel, A. U. Mustapha that he approached the court in 2009 to clear his name when he was being smeared by the anti-graft agency.
The statement affirms 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.’’
The statement continues, “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.’’
The Senior Advocate 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 also 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.
El-Rufai’s counsel reiterated that ‘’the fact remains that the court granted all the reliefs sought by our client, and we are satisfied with that.’’
The statement lamented that “some reporters will choose to twist the judge’s statement, made orbiter, that the EFCC could not be prevented from performing its functions, thus making it look as if this suit was about stopping or restraining the EFCC from the performance of its statutory duties.’’
According to the SAN, ‘’what has happened is that Malam El-Rufai got justice from the court and protected his reputation against those peddling injurious and malicious falsehood,” he said.