EX-GOVERNOR YARI IN EFCC CUSTODY OVER ALLEGED ROLE IN AGF'S N80 BILLION FRAUD.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state.
According to report, the former governor was arrested on Sunday at his Abuja residence.
The former governor was arrested over alleged N20billion fraud relating to the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P).
“SURE-P refund” was allegedly staged up by Ahmed Idris, the suspended accountant-general.
SURE-P, set up during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, was focused on re-investing fuel subsidy funds into infrastructural projects and empowerment schemes for the unemployed and unskilled.
The money was said to have disappeared without a trace.
The Idris had been in the EFCC custody since May 16 over allegations of diversion of funds and money laundering totalling N80 billion.
The anti-graft agency said the funds were allegedly laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.
EFCC spokesperson Wilson, Uwujaren had said in a statement.
“The Commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members, and close associates”,
Report indicates that the EFCC investigators are working with the lead that Idris allegedly conspired with others to steal public funds.