PAPS Asks EFCC, ICPC to Probe Yari over N288 Billion Zamfara Fund

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Tobi Soniyi

The Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPS) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to seek explanation from a former Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz on how he spent N288.4 billion belonging to the state.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, Chairman of PAPS Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi accused Yari of leaving the state in huge indebtedness.

He also said that the court order of a Federal High Court Abuja which ordered final forfeiture of various amounts estimated at about N700 million linked to the former governor, had vindicated the group’s call for the prosecution of the former governor.

ICPC had claimed that the funds were kept in accounts in two new generation banks allegedly by Yari, using two companies – Kayatawa Nigeria Limited and B.T. Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited.

Similarly, Shinkafi appealed to the anti-graft agencies to invite the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdulahi Shinkafi, to explain his claim that the Zamfara State government under Yari spent the sum of N35 billion on procurement of security equipment as well as relief materials for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

“We demand that the commissions invite the former SSG to come and substantiate the claim that the State Government spent N35 Billion on the purchase of relief materials.

“This investigation has become expedient following the claims by former Governor Abdulaziz Yari that his administration left no debts or liabilities for the new administration under Bello Matawalle.

“It is on record that in all the 14 Local Government Areas in Zamfara State which were attacked by armed bandits there is no single IDP camp established by the state government not to talk of the purchase of relief materials for the camps.

“We therefore demand that the commission should investigate all the contracts documents, books of account, cash books, banks statements in banks, loans and advances, local and international loans incomes and expenditures.

“All monies received from the Federal Allocation Accounts Committee (FAAC) and Local government joint accounts, UBEC, SDG, Federal Feeding funds, VAT, Ecological and Stabilisation funds, two tranches of bailout funds, two tranches of Paris and London clubs refund funds, TETfund, excess crude oil funds, and others.”