Alleged N200bn fraud: Ex-Governor Yari's government under probe

Alleged N200bn fraud: Ex-Governor Yari's government under probe

- Former Zamfara state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times

- More than 60 cases involving over N200 billion under the former governor's administration is being probed

- This was revealed by the EFCC’s zonal head of operations, Mr Abdullahi Lawal, in Sokoto state

More than 60 cases involving over N200 billion under the administration of former Zamfara state governor Abdulaziz Yari are being investigated, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) revealed on Monday, December 17.

The EFCC’s zonal head of operations, Abdullahi Lawal, made the revelation spoke in Sokoto while handing over 53 tricycles recovered from a contractor to the Zamafara state government The Nation reports.

His words: “The commission is carrying out a clinical investigation into the activities of the last administration and we are assuring you and Zamafara state government that we will not relent on our oars in prosecuting anyone found culpable.”

Alleged N200bn fraud: Ex-Governor Yari's government under probe

These are not the best of times for Zamfara state ex-governor, Abdulaziz Yari. Photo credit: Facebook
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The tricycles were handed over to the Secretary to the Zamfara State Government (SSG), Alhaji Bala Bello Maru.

He explained that the recovery was part of the anti-graft agency’s painstaking and diligent investigation that led to the handover.

He, however, warned that contractors who have collected full or part-payments and yet to commence, complete and or handover projects should mobilise to site in own interest.

Reminding the public that the whistleblower policy is still in place, Lawal said: “The federal government is determined to ‘kill’ the monster called corruption in its entirety.”

Responding, Maru commended the anti-graft agency for its spirit of resilience towards fighting corruption and for making efforts to ensure such recoveries for the state, especially on projects not executed by contractors.

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He said shreds of evidence have been established on the over N200 billion worth of cases under EFCC investigation.

“But, going by the petitions before the state government, it is about N2 trillion. Even the social media report is N900 billion. But, that is not the case; we are working with an official record of investigation which is N200 billion,” he said.

Recall that four months ago, the EFCC uncovered 21 exotic cars in the house of Yari following a raid of his country home.

The commission's operatives also searched the houses of Yari’s brother Jafaru and his intimate friend, Sha’aya Mafara.

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