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ZAMFARA: APGA guber candidate petitions EFCC, wants Yari probed

ZAMFARA: APGA guber candidate petitions EFCC, wants Yari probed

The candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, for the March 9 governorship election in Zamfara State, Sani Shinkafi has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, calling for the probe of the immediate past governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari.

Shinkafi is also asking the EFCC to invite the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Prof Abdulahi Shinkafi, to explain his claim that the state government under Yari used N35bn to purchase vehicles for the security agencies and relief materials for internally displaced persons, IDPs.

Shinkafi said: “It is on record that in the 14 local government areas of Zamfara State attacked by bandits there was no single IDP camp established by the state government not to talk of purchasing relief materials for the IDPs.”

Shinkafi’s call is contained in a petition dated July 1, 2019, which he sent to acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

He said: “We demand the commission invite the former SSG to substantiate the claim that the state government spent N35bn on the purchase of relief materials.

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“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.

“We therefore demand the commission investigate all the contract documents, account books, cash books, bank statements, loans and advances, local and international loans, incomes and expenditure.”

Insisting that Yari’s administration left the state with huge debts, the petitioner claimed that the administration diverted public funds, calling on the EFCC to investigate the money received from the Federal Allocation Accounts Committee, Universal Basic Education Commission, Sustainable Development Goals, Federal Feeding Funds and Value Added Tax.

He is also demanding that the EFCC probe the money the Yari administration received from the Ecological and Stabilisation Fund, two tranches of the Paris Club refund, Tertiary Education Trust Fund and the excess crude oil fund.

The APGA chieftain, who wants all the contracts awarded in the past eight years and the Anchor Borrowers Loan Scheme to be probed, said the Yari administration left liabilities from ongoing projects to the tune of N151,190,477,572.02.

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