Justice Binta Nyako (below) of the Federal High Court has dashed the hopes of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai. The governor had sought to be cleared of mishandling of N32bn proceeds of the sale of Federal Government’s houses in Abuja between May 2005 and 2007
While the court granted the prayers sought by the governor by holding that he had properly accounted for the money, it ruled that no court could stop the anti-graft agency’s investigation into it.
“No court, including this one, will allow itself to be used to shield anybody from being investigated by the 1st respondent (the EFCC),” the judge said.
El-Rufai had filed the suit FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 urging the court to hold that he complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council for the sale of Federal Government houses between May 2005 and May 2007. In addition, he also requested that the court declare that the sum of N32bn from the proceeds of the sale of Federal Government of Nigeria Houses in FCT between May 2005 and 2007 was accounted for.
The EFCC in response had in opposing the suit, insisted that all el-Rufai was trying to do was attempting to stop the commission from investigating him in order to cover up the alleged fraud perpetrated when he was the FCT minister.