Nigeria: EFCC Arrest Former Governor Yari Over N84Billion AGF Case

The EFCC has arrested a former governor of Zamfara State, Yari, and Anthony Yaro, Chairman and Managing Director of Finex Professional for their alleged involvement in N84bn fraud connected to former Accountant General of the Federation.

“Yari who was picked up at about 5pm allegedly benefited to the tune of N22bn through Finex Professional, from the N84bn which the former AGF paid one Akindele.”

The EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, did not respond to calls on Sunday.
The Accountant-General was arrested about two weeks ago for approving some bogus contracts.

The EFCC had said, “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. The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.”

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The commission traced at least 17 properties linked to Idris.

An official of the EFCC, who wished to remain anonymous, said the properties traced to Idris are located in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Dubai and London.
He, however, said preliminary investigations showed that the nation’s chief accountant allegedly used proxies to buy some of these properties.

The commission would therefore need to invite some of the proxies of the accountant-general.

Former Governor Yari, who just won a senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara State, has been under investigation for the last five years for allegedly diverting billions of naira from the Paris Club refunds. Some of the funds have been forfeited to the Federal Government.

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