How ex-Governor Yerima allegedly blew N464m meant for construction of dam - ICPC

How ex-Governor Yerima allegedly blew N464m meant for construction of dam - ICPC

- As the governor of Zamfara state, Ahmed Yerima is alleged to have squandered N464 million from money meant for the construction of dam

- Yerima is facing a court in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara state

The ICPC has given a vivid description of how the money was allegedly diverted

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has given details with 25 exhibits and six witnesses against a former governor of Zamfara state, Ahmed Sani Yerima.

Yerima, now a senator, is standing trial for allegedly mismanaging N464,820,189.24 out of N1billion loan meant for the repair of Gusau Dam in 2006.

The Nation reports that the ICPC also said it had made its final submission before Justice Bello Tukur Gummi of Zamfara state High Court 5, sitting in Gusau.

Mrs Rasheedat A Okoduwa, the spokesperson for the agency, said the ex-governor’s statement corroborated the charges preferred against him.

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“The commission’s prosecuting counsel led by Mrs Christiana Onuogu, after calling six witnesses and tendering 25 exhibits made their final submission while the counsel for the ex-governor, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), tendered 8 exhibits.

“In her submission, Mrs Onuogu argued that the prosecution had proved the essential elements of the offences with which the former governor was being charged, and that the principle of a no-case submission made by him failed where the defendant had explanations to make in response to the charges against him.

“She also averred that the defendant’s confessional statement that he had diverted part of the N1 billion UBA loan to other projects and services corroborated the charges preferred against him.

“The action, according to her, was contrary to and punishable under Section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“Mrs Onuogu, therefore, prayed the court to dismiss the no-case submission entered by the defence counsel.

“Having listened to the submissions made by both the defence and the prosecution, the trial judge adjourned the case to 5th December, 2017 for ruling on the no-case submission,” the ICPC statement read.

Yeria was earlier arraigned in 2016 before Justice Bello Shinkafi of High Court 4, Gusau, Zamfara state on a 19-count charge bordering on the alleged diversion of N385.5million and other sums from the N1bn loan.

How ex-Governor Yerima blew N464m meant for construction of dam - ICPC

The case was later transferred to Justice Gummi.

The report quoted the charges against Yerima as follows: “That you Ahmed Rufai Sani on or about November 2006, whilst being the Governor of Zamfara state at Gusau within the jurisdiction of this court did commit an offence of spending money allocated for one project on another to wit: out of the N1 billion additional budgetary allocation by the Zamfara state House of Assembly for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and settlement of the victims of the said dam which was obtained through a bank loan, you spent the sum of N20m purportedly on assistance to the INEC and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“On another to wit: out of the N1 billion additional budgetary allocation by the Zamfara state House of Assembly for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and payment of compensation to the victims of the said dam which was obtained through a bank loan, you spent the sum of N10 million purportedly on donation and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“Did commit an offence of spending money allocated for one project on another to wit: out of the N1 billion additional budgetary allocation by the Zamfara state House of Assembly for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and payment of compensation to the victims of the said dam which was obtained through a bank loan, you spent N43,008,000 purportedly on surveillance of guests and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

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“That you Ahmed Rufai Sani on or about November 2006, whilst being the Governor of Zamfara state at Gusau within the jurisdiction of this court did commit an offence of spending money allocated for one project on another to wit: out of the N1 billion additional budgetary allocation by the Zamfara State House of Assembly allocated for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and payment of compensation to the victims of the said dam which was obtained through a bank loan, you spent the sum of N21,450,000 purportedly on settlement of publication equipment and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 22 (5) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.”

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Source: Legit.ng

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