The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of has allegedly allocated land assets belonging to the state to his wives, children, friends, business and political associates.
According to a report by PeoplesGazette, the Kaduna government seized the asset from senior civil servants and their families between 2015 and 2016, barely months after El-Rufai assumed office.
Recall that Labour unions had condemned El-Rufai’s action at the time and warned of serious consequences should it be allowed to stand.
The governor had however argued that certain assets cannot be occupied by civil servants below level 16, defying a civil service regulation that said civil servants from level eight and above are entitled to such accommodations.
The Kaduna governor had promised to publish a list of individuals and corporate entities that would benefit from the residential assets but failed to do so.
According to PeoplesGazette report, those who benefited from the questionable allocation in Kaduna’s GRA include El-Rufai’s first wife, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, second wife, Asia Ahmad El-Rufai and third wife, Aisha Garba El-Rufai.
His son Bashir El-Rufai also benefitted, according to the list, as well as Abubakar Sadiq, presumably the governor’s eight-year-old son.
Kadaria Ahmed, a pro-government public relations consultant and Asia Ahmad El-Rufai’s sister, was also allotted a prime spot in the neighbourhood.
Other beneficiaries include aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, water resources minister Suleiman Adamu, Senator Danjuma Goje and former PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.
Private companies run by El-Rufai’s aides Peter Akagu-Jones and Altine Jibrin, including Broad Brooks Limited and Hajibal Ventures, respectively, were also allocated assets inside the GRA.
“He brazenly allocated the houses and lands at GRA to his family members and friends,” an official said while confirming the genuineness of a list of beneficiaries sent by email.
“El-Rufai has established himself as unprincipled and evil but the eviction of poor civil servants in favour of the elite stands out amongst his despicable acts.”