Zamfara transition committee says ex- governor, Yari embezzled N251bn


Immediate past governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari has been accused of embezzling the sum of Two hundred and fifty one billion, nine hundred and fifty one million, eight hundred and forty nine thousand, four hundred and eighty two Naira, N251,951,849,482.

The allegations were made by a transition committee chaired by the  immediate past deputy governor of the state, Ibrahim Wakkala.

The committee was set up by Bello Matawalle, current governor of the state.

“My committee while trying to ascertain the liabilities left behind by the immediate past administration of Hon. Abdulaziz Yari collected and went through the report submitted by a transition committee earlier set up by former Gov. Yari,” he told journalists on Monday.

“We discovered from Yari’s committee that the sum of over N250 billion cannot be accounted for.

“This included liabilities from a total of 462 ongoing projects which stands at N151, 190,477,572.02 and unremitted National Housing Fund (NHF) and unpaid workers’ gratuity of N1, 431,645,305.99.

“Similarly, the state government is indebted to various examination bodies including NECO and WAEC and some higher institutions amounting to over N2. 8 billion.”

He said that the out-gone administration which released the sum of N2 billion for the payment of gratuity to retired workers only paid N400 million to retired permanent secretaries, while the remaining balance of N1. 6 billion had remained unaccounted.

Meanwhile, Ibrahim Dosara, Yari’s special adviser has rejected the allegations describing it as “baseless”.

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