Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has yesterday instituted law suit at the Kaduna State High Court against The Union Newspapers for defamation of character and alleging the that governor declared the sum of N90 billion and owned 40 mansions as assets.
It would be recalled that the Union Newspaper had on July 1 published a story on its front page alleging that “El-Rufai declared N90 billion and 40 mansions” as assets and maintained that it stood by its story, even as the governor threatened to take the newspaper to court.
The governor, accompanied by his deputy, Bala Bantex, his lawyers and top government functionaries, signed the writ of summons.
Speaking to journalists shortly after signing the writ at the court registry, El-Rufai denied having N90 billion asset and described the story as untrue, ‎malicious and damaging.
The governor maintained that the Lagos-based newspaper must come out in court and prove that “I am as rich as they claimed.
“I hope I lose the suit because if I have all these money, I would do a lot more for Kaduna State with the money,” he stated.
Though he disclosed that he had declared his asset even before his swearing-in on May 29, 2015, he however did not disclose the total amount of asset declared at the Code of Conduct Bureau.

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