Governor Nasir El-Rufai has allocated prime land assets belonging to Kaduna State to his wives, children, friends, business and political associates, according to officials and the list of allocation to the beneficiaries.
According to Peoples Gazette, sources in Kaduna revealed that the assets were seized from senior civil servants and their families between 2015 and 2016, barely months after El-Rufai assumed office.
The governor promised to publish a list of individuals and corporate entities that would benefit from the residential assets, but had so far failed to do so.
Those who benefited from the questionable allotments in Kaduna’s elegant 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, the document said.
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 Mr 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.”
Kadaria Ahmed did not answer a request seeking comments about the controversial asset she secured from Kaduna.
Messrs Goje, Adamu and Mu’Azu did not answer calls and messages seeking comments. A spokesman did not return a request for comments.
While seizing the residences, El-Rufai had 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.
Labour unions condemned Mr El-Rufai’s action at the time and warned of serious consequences should it be allowed to stand, but the governor called their bluff.
It was not immediately clear whether or not the beneficiaries paid to obtain the assets, or how much each person paid to state coffers in charges and taxes, but the action evoked the widespread controversies he courted during his days as Abuja minister in the 2000s.
When the governor served as the FCT minister between 2003 and 2007, he faced relentless allegations of seizing lands and structures from everyday Nigerians and reallocating them to his family members, political allies and cronies.