Governor Abdulaziz Yari denies money laundering allegations

Yari is facing impeachment after the state
legislators accused him of misappropriating
billions of naira from the state coffers.
His denial was contained in a statement
released by his spokesman, Ibrahim Dosara.
It reads:
Nothing can be farther from the truth than
this, as this position is not in tandem with the
realities of today. A checklist of all the states
in the federation shows that there is virtually a
blanket paucity of funds nationwide and
Zamfara state cannot be an exception from
this national setback.
It is unfortunate that a legislature that claims
to be serious, committed and hard-working all
in the interest of the generality of the people
they represent, have kept mute on the very
crucial issues that have been raised in their
memo for six years.
Interestingly, the same assembly is
magnanimous enough to agree in its
submission that the Governor had submitted
and they had assented to five budgets as well
as passing the appropriation bills into law, year
after year without any complaints.
If the Hon Members were not convinced and
satisfied with the performance of the
executive Governor, one would wonder what
inspired them to pass the appropriation bills
from 2011 to date. But that is beside the
point. According to the legislators, Zamfara
people have been deprived of enjoying the
dividends of democracy.
The state Assembly also alleged that the
Governor does not release monthly cash
allocation to ministries, departments and
Agencies, including the state Assembly. They
also question the usage of funds meant for
Local Governments for state purposes.
Furthermore, the legislature expressed its
distaste with the appointment of the Chairman
of SUBEB, who in their opinion should not
occupy public office. The said SUBEB chairman
is yet to be found guilty by any court of law of
competent jurisdiction, but at the level of
allegation. Besides, the Governor has the
constitutional right to choose who to work
with.

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The governor had challenged the Honourable
members to provide any evidence or proof of
his use of state funds on his numerous trips
outside the state or the country. None had
dared to cast the first stone.

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