{joomplu:2110}{joomplu:2112}{joomplu:2114}Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),Nasiru –El Rufai,, who returned to the country last week, was today arraigned before an Abuja Federal High Court on charges of corruption and abuse of office.
Saharareporters learnt that he was granted bail by the court, but we could not ascertain if he met his bail conditions, which were said to be quite stiff.
 
Mr. El-Rufai had said he intended to defend himself against the charges vigorously.
 
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 EFCC Charges:

The Eight Count charges are:
“That you  Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai (M) between 13th day of December, 2003 and 14th of December, 2007 or thereabout at the Ministry of Federal capital territory, Abuja in the course of and or in the performance of your official duties as the Minister of  the federal Capital Territory  did use your said Office and position to gratify and confer corrupt or unfair advantage on your relation to wit your wife Hadiza Ahmed El-Rufai by reallocating to her parts of the parcel of land known as plot No 1201, Asokoro District (A4) Abuja, originally allocated in the Federal Capital Territory Master plan to power Holding company of Nigeria Plc for the construction of transmitting/ injection sub-stations which fully and /or intentionally revoked for that purpose, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the corrupt and Other related Offences act, 2000.


Count two reads “that you Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai (M) between 13th day of December, 2003 and 14th day of December, 2007 or thereabout at the Ministry of Federal Territory, Abuja in the course of and /or in the performance of your official duties as the Ministry of the Federal capital Territory did use your said Office and position to gratify and confer corrupt or unfair advantage on your relation to wit: your wife Asia Ahmed El-Rufai by reallocating to her parts of the parcel of land known as Federal Capital Territory Master plan to Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc for the construction of transmitting/ injection sub-stations which allocation you had wrongfully and / or intentionally revoked for that purpose, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the corrupt Practices and other related offences act; 2000.

Count three reads “That you Mallam  Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai (M) between 13th of December, 2003 and 14th day of December, 2007 or thereabout  at the Ministry of Federal capital Territory, Abuja in the course and  / or in the performance of your said Office and position to gratify and confer corrupt or unfair advant6age on your associates to wit : M oil Limited, Philip Daudu, Siadu Samila, Iyabo- Obasanjo Bello, Jemila Alhassan and Bello Sani by reallocating to them parts of the parcel of land known as plot No 1201, Asokoro District (A4) Abuja, originally allocated in the Federal Capital Territory Master plan to Power holding Company of Nigeria Plc for the construction of transmitting / injection sub-stations which allocation you had unlawfully and / or deliberately revoked for that purpose, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.


Count four reads “That you Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai (M) between 13th day of December, 2003 and 14th Day of December, 2007 or thereabout at the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory did use your said Office and position to gratify and confer corrupt or unfair advantage on Altine Jubrin and Ismail Iro (both public officers, of the federal Capital Development Authority) by reallocating to them parts of the parcel of land known as plot No 1201, Asokoro District (A4) Abuja, originally allocated in the Federal Capital Territory Master plan to Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc for the construction of transmitting / injection sub-stations which allocation you had unlawfully and / or deliberately revoked for that purpose, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the corrupt practices and Other Related Offences Act,2000.

 

Count five reads “That you Mallam Nasir Ahmed EL-Rufai  (M) Altine Jubril ( F) and Ismaila Iro ( M ) between 13th  December, 2003and 14th day of December,2007 or thereabout at the Ministry of Federal capital Territory, Abuja and in performance of your official duty as public officers, being the Minister of federal capital Abuja, the Director General , Abuja Geographic information System ( AGIS ) and the general manager, Abuja Geographic Information system ( AGIS ) respectively did engage in criminal conspiracy to commit an offence to wit using your office(s) and position(S) to gratify and or confer corrupt or unfair advantage upon the relations and associates of Mallam Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai to wit ;Hadiza Ahmed El- Rufai, M oil Limited, Philip Dauda , Saidu Samaila , Iyabo Obasanjo Bello, Jamaila Alhassan, and Bello Sani by the irregular revocation and reallocation to them of the parcel of land originally belonging to Power Holding of Nigeria Plc, thereby committing an offence contrary to section to section 26 (1) ( C ) and punishable under section 19 of corrupt practices and other  Related offence Act, 2000.

 

Count six reads “That you Mallam Nasir Ahmed EL- Rufai ( M), Altine Jubril ( f ) and Ismaila Iro ( M) between 13th December ,2003 and 14th day of December , 2007 or thereabout at Ministry  of Federal Capital , Territory Abuja , the Director –General, Abuja Geographic Information System ( AGIS ) and the General , Abuja Geographical Information system ( AGIS ) respectively did engage in criminal conspiracy to commit an offence to wit ; using your office( S) and position (S) to gratify and or confer corrupt or unfair advantage upon one another as such Public officers , by the irregular revocation and reallocation to each other of the parcel of land originally belonging to Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc , thereby committing an offence contrary to section 26 ( 1 ) (c ) and punishable under section 19 of the corrupt practices and Other  Related Offence Art, 2000

COUNT 7 reads “That you , Mallam Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai( M ) between 13th  day of December , 2003 and 14th day of December 2007 or thereabout at the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory , Abuja in the course of and or in the performance of your official duties as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory did use your  said office  and position to gratify and confer corrupt or unfair advantage on your associate( S ) to wit ;System Property Development Consortium Limited  ( SPDC ) by reallocating to her parts of the parcel of land known as plot 3352, Maitama District Abuja , originally allocated in the federal Capital Territory master plan to Nigeria Postal Services Plc ( NIPOST )for the construction of  Maitama Post Office which allocation you had wrongfully and or intentionally revoked for that purpose , thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000

 

Count eight reads” That  you Mallam Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai ( M ) , Altine Jubrin ( F ) and  Ismaila Iro ( M ) between 13th December , 2003 and 14th day of December , 2007 or thereabout at the ministry of federal capital Territory , Abuja and in the performance of your official duties as Public Officers , being the Minister of Federal Capital Territory , Abuja , the Director General  Abuja Geographic Information System ( AGIS ) and the General Manager Abuja Geographic Information System ( AGIS ) respectively did engage in criminal conspiracy to commit an offence , to wit ; using your office ( S ) and position ( S ) to gratify and or confer corrupt or unfair advantage upon the relations and associates of Mallam Nasir Ahmed El- Rufai to wit; System Property Development Consortium limited ( SPDC ) by the irregular revocation and reallocation to them of the parcel of  land originally belonging to Nigeria Postal Services Plc ( NIPOST ) , thereby committing an offence contrary to section 26 (1 ) ( c ) and punishable under section 19 of the corrupt practices and Other Related Offence Act, 2000

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