Governor Yari Dares EFCC Over Paris Club Loan

Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari

Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari has threatened a showdown with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for accusing him of diverting part of Paris Club loan refunds.

The Governor, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) made the threat while speaking with journalists on Thursday in Abuja.

Yari is accused of diverting N500m and $500,000 from the Paris Club refunds made by the Federal Government, in favour of the 36 states of the federation, to personal use.

He said he would formally write the Federal Government to complain about the antics of the commission`s Chairman, Ibrahim Magu against other governors.

“I am going to ‎write to the Federal Government that enough is enough; that either the EFCC does its work or we do a show down with it,’’ he said.

He said while governors on the forum`s platform were in support of Federal Government`s stance against corruption, they were, however, opposed to the commission`s style of fighting the menace.

The governor urged EFCC to concentrate on the fight against corruption rather than the pursuit of personal vendetta.

He stressed that no governor would walk into any bank’s strong room in connivance with its officials, or deep his hands into public coffers as was being alleged by the commission in some cases.

The NGF Chairman said it was unfortunate that the EFCC, in most instances, acted on petitions sent to it without conducting proper investigation.

“You can’t just because somebody wrote a petition, then, you say you are working on it without doing your own due diligent investigation,” Yari said.