EFCC Arrests Popular Former Zamfara State Governor Over suspended Accountants-General’s N80Bn Probe

EFCC Arrests Popular Former Zamfara State Governor Over suspended Accountants-General’s N80Bn Probe

by Arikawe Femi
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Breaking: EFCC Arrests Popular Former Zamfara State Governor Over suspended Accountants-General’s N80Bn Probe
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested former Governor Abdulaziz Yari in connection with the agency’s ongoing investigation of the suspended Accountants -General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.
Mr. Yari, a former governor of Zamfara State, was arrested on Sunday at his residence in Abuja, days after he won the ruling APC’s ticket for the Zamfara West senatorial election to be held next year. He won unopposed.
The AGF under criminal investigation, Mr. Idris, has been in the EFCC custody since May 16th, facing investigators over allegations of corruption to the tune of N80 billion.
Investigators are working with the lead that he allegedly conspired with others to steal public funds which, by his role, he was meant to safeguard. EFCC sources told Premium Times that one of his suspected accomplices is Mr. Yari, who was arrested today.
According to the sources, suspicious transactions between Mr. Idris and Mr. Yari were “in the area of 20 billion Naira”.
Mr. Yari is not new to anti-graft law enforcement actions. Last year, he was repeatedly held and questioned by the EFCC over allegations he criminally diverted billions of Zamfara’s funds kept in a bank.
Mr. Yari was governor of Zamfara State, an impoverished Nigerian northwestern state, between 2007 and 2019. Under his reign, terrorist outlaws, commonly called bandits, started ravaging communities.
A state report commissioned by Mr. Yari’s successor, Bello Matawalle, indicted him (Mr. Yari) for mismanaging the ethnic conflict between Hausa and Fulani communities, leading to the armed banditry that is ravaging Nigeria’s north-west geopolitical zone and beyond.

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