EFCC raids Abdulaziz Yari’s house, discovers over 20 exotic cars
BY KENNETH TUUMA
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC operatives recovered 21 exotic vehicles from the country home of former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, according to The Nation.
Home of the former chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), was raided Sunday night by operatives of the anti-graft agency.
EFCC’s acting spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, said the former governor’s residence was raided in respect of an ongoing investigation.
The EFCC team also searched the houses of Yari’s brother, Jafaru and his friend, Sha’aya Mafara and about 21 exotic vehicles were found in the compound of Yari.
An EFCC top source told the newspaper that Yari’s interrogation will determine how the vehicles were acquired.
Yari is being investigated 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.
The source, who pleaded not to be named, claimed that, “The raid of Yari’s home was in connection with the ongoing investigation of the former governor. He has some issues to clarify on his tenure.
“Most of the issues have been in public domain for a while, especially the alleged questionable payment of N19 billion from the London-Paris Club refund to some consultants by the NGF and mismanagement of Zamfara State’s resources.
“We are not pronouncing him guilty but we want him to appear for interrogation on some of the issues we have highlighted for investigation.
“Such a raid is allowed when we have superior intelligence on a Politically Exposed Person (PEP).
“For instance, our operatives uncovered 21 exotic vehicles in his compound. Yet, we have an allegation that a part of the N35 billion budgeted for IDPs in Zamfara was used to buy choice cars.
“The intelligence at our disposal made our operatives to search the houses of Jafaru Yari, the ex-governor’s brother and his friend, Sha’aya Mafara. In fact, Yari’s brother was at his residence when our team got there.
“The onus is on Yari to explain how he came about the exotic vehicles; whether or not he declared them in his Asset Declaration Form; and if these vehicles were in his exit Asset Form as a former governor in May.
“Once he is able to justify the acquisition of the vehicles, the EFCC has no problem with Yari. Otherwise, he has a question to answer.
“We need Yari to come to our office to explain his roles. He was central to the negotiation and disbursement of the funds.
“Some suspects are already on trial. A few others escaped abroad. But since Yari has no immunity again, let him just clarify a few things.
“We are hopeful he will honour our invitation.”
Orilade, added, “It is true we went to the house of the former governor of Zamfara State, Yari, in respect of the ongoing investigation.
“Like we have always said, we won’t discuss our investigation with the media.
“At the appropriate time, when the investigation is ripe, we shall proceed to prosecution and we shall carry the media along.”