The EFCC raided the house of former governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari – Operatives reportedly uncovered 21 exotic cars, although the former governor was not at home – Sources in the anti-graft agency claimed the former governor is being investigated for alleged corruption The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly uncovered 21 exotic cars in the house of former Zamfara governor, Abdulaziz Yari. According to The Nation, the vehicles were discovered following a raid of the country home of the former governor. It was revealed that the EFCC operatives also searched the houses of Yari’s brother Jafaru and his intimate friend, Sha’aya Mafara.
It was reported that Yari who also served as former chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) is being investigated for “alleged questionable payment of N19 billion from the London-Paris Club refund; N35 billion spent on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); Ecological and Stabilisation Fund and how he incurred N151,190,477,572.02 liabilities on ongoing projects.” A source privy of the development said: “The raid of Yari’s home was in connection with the ongoing investigation of the former governor. He has some issues to clarify on his tenure. “Most of the issues have been in public domain for a while, especially the alleged questionable payment of N19 billion from the London-Paris Club refund to some consultants by the NGF and mismanagement of Zamfara state’s resources. “We are not pronouncing him guilty but we want him to appear for interrogation on some of the issues we have highlighted for investigation.” The source said such a raid was allowed especially if the target was of political interest. He added that they had to also search the houses of the ex- governor’s brother Jafaru Yari and his intimate friend Sha’aya Mafara.
“For instance, our operatives uncovered 21 exotic vehicles in his compound. Yet, we have an allegation that a part of the N35 billion budgeted for IDPs in Zamfara was used to buy choice cars. “The onus is on Yari to explain how he came about the exotic vehicles; whether or not he declared them in his Asset Declaration Form; and if these vehicles were in his exit Asset Form as a former governor in May. “Once he is able to justify the acquisition of the vehicles, the EFCC has no problem with Yari. Otherwise, he has a question to answer,” the source added. According to the source, some suspects are already on trial while a few others escaped abroad. “But since Yari has no immunity again, let him just clarify a few things. We are hopeful he will honour our invitation,” the source said. Tony Orilade who is the acting head of the media and publicity of the EFCC confirmed the raid, saying it was in respect of an ongoing investigation.
“Like we have always said, we won’t discuss our investigation with the media. At the appropriate time, when the investigation is ripe, we shall proceed to prosecution and we shall carry the media along,” he added. Legit.ng earlier reported how the residence of Yari in Talata Mafara, about 100km away from the state capital, Gusau, was raided by men of the anti-graft agency on Sunday, August 4. Eye witnesses said the operatives numbering more than 20, came in seven vehicles, including a bus for the operation that lasted for five hours. It was learnt that the operatives arrived at the residence around 6pm and left around 11pm on Sunday, August 4.