By Kenneth Atavti
Indications emerged yesterday, night that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested former Governor Abdulaziz Yari in connection with the agency’s ongoing investigation of the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.
Yari, a former governor of Zamfara State, was arrested yesterday at his residence in Maitama, Abuja after he won the ruling APC’s ticket for Zamfara West senatorial election held next year. He won unopposed.
The AGF is under investigation, Idris, has been in the EFCC custody since May 16, 2022 facing investigators over allegations of corruption to the tune of N80 billion.
EFCC are working with the information that he allegedly conspired with others to steal public funds which, by his role, he was meant to safeguard.
EFCC sources told Nigerian Pilot that suspicious transactions between Idris and Yari were “in the area of N20 billion.”
Yari is not new to anti-graft law enforcement actions.
Last year, he was repeatedly held and questioned by the EFCC over allegations he criminally diverted billions in Zamfara’s funds kept in a bank.
Yari was governor of Zamfara State, an impoverished Nigeria’s northwestern state, between 2007 and 2019. Under his reign, terrorist outlaws, commonly called bandits, started ravaging communities.