Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained former Governor Abdulaziz Yari in relation to its continuing investigation into Ahmed Idris, the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation.
Mr. Yari, a former governor of Zamfara State, was arrested on Sunday at his residence in Abuja, just days after winning the ruling APC’s nomination for next year’s Zamfara West senatorial race. He won without opposition.
Mr. Idris, the AGF under criminal investigation, has been in EFCC custody since May 16 to face corruption charges to the tune of N80 billion.
Investigators are following the lead that he allegedly collaborated with others to take public funds that, by virtue of his position, he was responsible for protecting.
Mr. Yari, who was arrested today, is one of his accused collaborators, EFCC sources said
According to the sources, the questionable transactions between Mr. Idris and Mr. Yari amounted to almost 20 billion Naira.
Mr. Yari is not unfamiliar with anti-corruption law enforcement. Last year, he was regularly detained and questioned by the EFCC about claims that he illegally diverted billions of dollars from Zamfara’s bank accounts.
Between 2007 and 2019, Mr. Yari served as governor of Zamfara State, an impoverished state in Nigeria’s northern region. Under his rule, terrorist outlaws, sometimes known as bandits, began destroying communities.
A state investigation commissioned by Mr. Yari’s successor, Bello Matawalle, blamed him for mismanaging the ethnic strife between Hausa and Fulani populations, resulting in the armed banditry that is devastating the north-west geopolitical zone of Nigeria and beyond.