Ex-gov Yari arrested over N84bn accountant-general alleged fraud

Zamfara gov Abdulaziz Yari

Ex-governor of Zamfara State Abdul’Aziz Yari has been arrested following investigations into the N84bn alleged fraud involving the suspended accountant-general of the federation, Ahmed Idris.

Yari, who just won a senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Zamfara, 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.

It was learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Yari and the chairman of a firm, Finex Professional Services, on Sunday evening over a N22bn deal.

About a fortnight ago, the EFCC arrested the accountant-general over alleged contract scam.

“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,” the agency had said.

EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren could not be reached for comments.