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Govs dare EFCC to probe Paris Club refunds

Govs dare EFCC to probe Paris Club refunds

State governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) have said they are not perturbed by the alleged Paris Club refunds probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

They also said they are eager to see the outcome of the exercise.

NGF stated this during its Wednesday night meeting that ended at about 12 midnight, held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The EFCC is said to be investigating alleged diversion of the Paris Club refunds made to states to pay workers’ salaries.

The alleged investigation by the anti-graft agency followed reports that the NGF may have used fictitious consultants to corner some of the money from Paris Club for themselves, in negation to the advice of President Muhammadu Buhari for the funds to be used to offset salary arrears of workers in their different states.

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The presidency, it was learnt, following reports of the diversion of the fund instructed for an investigation into the disbursement of the funds.

However, chairman of NGF and Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, told State House correspondents when asked to comment on the issue after the meeting that the governors are ready and waiting for EFCC on its investigation and outcome.

He said, “We discussed the issue of Paris Club and London Club. We observed that EFCC said it is doing investigations. Yeah, we support the federal government for fighting corruption.

“We are waiting for the EFCC to come up with what they say is the investigation and come up with the result.”

 

 

 

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