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Witness: el-Rufai illegally gave lands to wives, associates

March 22, 2012

Former FCT Minister Malam Nasir El Rufai allocated plots of land to his wives and associates illegally, a prosecution witness told an Abuja High Court yesterday.

El-Rufai was arraigned along with former Director General of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Altine Jubril and the former General Manager, AGIS Ismaila Iro on eight count charges of alleged conspiracy, conferring corrupt advantages and seeking gratification as public officials in 2007.

At the continuation of the trial yesterday, Sunday Idowu, an Inspector of Police who investigated the allegations with the EFCC testified that Plots 1201 Asokoro District and 3352 Maitiama, initially allocated to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), and Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) were revoked by El-Rufai and re-allocated to his two wives Hadiza Isma El Rufai and Asiya El-Rufai.

Idowu also stated that investigations with AGIS and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) revealed that Altine and Iro benefitted from the ‘irregular allocations’ alongside Systems Property Development Company (SPDC).

He linked the director of SPDC to El-Rufai saying, “El-Rufai and Idris are both Directors in Microdot Nigeria Ltd, and our findings revealed they are long-standing friends.”

But under cross examination by defence counsel Kanu Agabi (SAN), Idowu said he did not know whether NIPOST breached terms of the allocation by leasing the plot to Rosehill Group Ltd.

However he admitted that the Minister of FCT has powers to allocate and revoke allocations.

Earlier, Engr Sani Alhassan, a former Executive Secretary of Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), said the minister directed the revocation of residential building on the plot following recommendations by his department that they were on power lines for the building of a 330 KVA sub stations.

Culled from Daily Trust, Thursday 22nd March 2012

 

 

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