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EFCC raids home of former Zamfara governor Yari over economic and financial crimes

Agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  raided the home of former Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, over allegations of economic and financial crimes.

“We did visit the former governor’s residence in respect of ongoing investigation, revealed Mr. Tony Orilade, the anti-corruption agency’s acting spokesman.

“What we fight is economic and financial crimes. Whatever allegations we have should be centred around economic and financial crimes,” Orilade said.

Yari, who was a former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, threatened a showdown with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and expose its Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu for accusing him of diverting part of Paris Club loan refunds in 2017 while speaking with journalists.

Yari accused at that time of diverting N500m and $500,000 from the Paris Club refunds made by the Federal Government, in favour of the 36 states of the federation, to personal use.

“I am going to ‎write to the Federal Government that enough is enough; that either the EFCC does its work or we do a show down with it,’’ he said in 2017.

“You can’t just because somebody wrote a petition, then, you say you are working on it without doing your own due diligent investigation,” Yari said.

“I believe EFCC‎ does not have its own engineers to quantify to know what is exactly on ground“.

He said project cost deferred from state to state because of their different geographical terrain.

“A project that is done in Rivers for N2 million, in Zamfara, it will be about N150, 000.

“You cannot say the price of things in Rivers should be the same in Zamfara or somewhere else. ‘

’The terrain is entirely different so is the cost and risk which should be taken into consideration,” he said.

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