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Matawalle set to probe Ex-Gov Yari over alleged N107bn fraud

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The Zamfara State Government has vowed probe former governor Abdulaziz Yari on the alleged diversion of N107bn local government funds.

Governor Bello Matawalle, in a statement by his spokesman on Thursday, Zailani Bappah, said that a commission of enquiry has been set up to investigate his predecessor. The governor noted that the local council funds were misappropriated by Yari between 2011 to 2019.

Matawalle noted that a committee constituted to probe all public finances and procurement made by the Yari administration discovered the alleged fraud.

He added that over 1,000 vehicles were said to have been purchased by the last administration without any trace of the vehicles.

The statement reads, “This is partly a fallout of the final report of the Ahmad Zabarma committee constituted at the wake of this administration to find out the depth of engagement by the last administration in terms of public finances and procurement, which was equally submitted to the governor at the Government House.

“For instance, the sum of N10bn was discovered to have been paid to the state government from the Federal Government by e-payment, which also disappeared via e-payment within two days without any record of it in the appropriate books.

“Another N10bn found to have been paid in two tranches was discovered to have landed in the accounts of two bureau d’ change companies in Kano, the committee disclosed. Other shoddy deals involved many contracts awarded and either not executed or partly executed.”

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