A pro-democracy and transparency-focused group, Concerned Nigerians, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate Mr. Abdul’aziz Yari, governor of Zamfara State, and freeze all of his bank accounts.
Concerned Nigerians noted that Mr. Yari was alleged, in May, to have diverted $3 million from the Paris Club Refund to build a 100-room Hotel in Lekki, Lagos and another N500million from the special account of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and deposited the said sum into a mortgage bank account to pay off a loan.
The group referred to an exclusive report by SaharaReporters stating that Mr. Yari, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum used the money to pay back a loan he obtained from a mortgage institution to purchase two properties in 2013.
“It is pertinent to note that the Zamfara State Governor is the Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and he is a high ranking member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and very close to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The EFCC must not just investigate Mr Yari, but freeze all accounts associated with him where government funds must have been diverted just like they did in the case of Mr.Fayose,” the group demanded.