A federal high court in Abuja has given permission to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to freeze bank accounts owned by Abdul’aziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state.
The court also granted the agency’s permission to freeze the accounts of companies linked to the former governor.
Ruling on an ex-parte motion filed by the ICPC on Friday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ordered that the former governor’s accounts in Polaris and Zenith banks with funds in dollars and naira, be frozen.
The judge also ordered ICPC to publish the order in a national daily within 14 days, asking the affected parties to show cause why the “funds should not be permanently forfeited to the federal government”.
The anti-graft agency had alleged that Yari and the companies received various funds belonging to the Zamfara state government through their accounts domiciled in the two commercial banks.
According to the ICPC, one of the accounts has over $660 thousand dollars while the other contained N24.2million
Yari is also being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged fraud.
He is being probed 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.