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Crime & Punishment of Wednesday, 21 April 2021


EFCC arrests former governor Abdulaziz Yari

The former Governor of Zamfara State has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged illegal financial dealings and misappropriation of funds.

Recall, MyNigeria reported the ex-governor was interrogated on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, by the antigraft agency in its Sokoto office over his handling of transactions relating to the Paris Club Fund refund while he served as chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed the arrest and detention of Yari, said the ex-governor was interrogated for over seven hours before he was detained.

Another official of the EFCC, who confirmed the development, said due to the enormity of the corruption charges against Yari, he may have to be in the commission’s custody for at least one week while investigations go on, Guardian reports.
“The cases involving ex-governor Yari are quite enormous and we expect to have him in our custody for one week or more,” the official said.

Some of the alleged financial infractions against Yari include the sum of $56,056.75 reportedly lodged in his account with Polaris Bank; N12.9m, N11.2m, $303m, N217,388.04 and $311.8m said to be kept in different Zenith Bank accounts in the name of Yari and his companies.

The former governor had earlier in February been grilled by EFCC operatives in Lagos, while the Federal High Court in Abuja had, on January 26, 2021, ordered the final forfeiture of funds belonging to Yari domiciled in Zenith and Polaris Banks.

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