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El-Rufai’s probe: We won’t be intimidated by your threat, Kaduna Speaker tells ex-gov’s son

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El-Rufai’s probe: We won’t be intimidated by your threat, Kaduna Speaker tells ex-gov’s son

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The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honorable Yusuf Liman, has warned Bello El-Rufai, the son of the immediate past governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, against threatening and intimidating the House over the probe of his father’s 8-year tenure in office.

Honorable Liman expressed concern that Bello, a member representing Kaduna North in the House of Representatives, sent insulting and subtly threatening messages to him as the Speaker via WhatsApp over the probe of his father.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday by the Media Aide to the Speaker, Malam Suraj Bamalli.

The state House of Assembly had on Tuesday established a committee to investigate financial dealings, loans, grants, and project implementation from 2015-2023 in Kaduna State during the administration of ex-governor El-Rufai.

The Speaker also noted that Bello allegedly took to social media with two tweets, insinuating a call to “fight” and disrespecting all the members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

“Shortly after the establishment of a committee to investigate financial dealings, loans, grants, and project implementation from 2015-2023 in Kaduna State, Honorable Bello El-Rufai took to social media with two tweets, now deleted, insinuating a call to “fight” and disrespecting the entire Legislative Arm of Government.

“Additionally, he sent insulting and subtly threatening messages to the Rt. Honorable Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honorable Yusuf Liman via WhatsApp.

“The screenshots of these tweets and messages have been widely circulated, causing concern among the citizens of Kaduna State. It is disheartening that a federal lawmaker, entrusted with representing the people, would resort to such behaviour, attempting to obstruct the lawful functions of the state Assembly,” the statement reads.

The Speaker said threats and intimidation from anyone, including federal lawmakers, would not deter the Assembly from its pursuit of justice and accountability, adding that the House remained resolute in its mandate to provide checks and balances and uphold the rule of law in Kaduna State.

He urged the people of the state to remain steadfast in their support for transparency, accountability, and the rule of law.

He said the members of the Assembly took an oath to uphold the integrity of their office and ensure due diligence in their duties, regardless of any attempts at intimidation or threats.

(Daily Trust)