Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja
A governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) within the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara state, Alhaji Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, has threatened to hunt orders of the court docket in opposition to the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC).
Shinkafi stated he would search the court docket’s order to compel the EFCC to analyze the quick previous governor of Zamfara state, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, over N900 billion he alleged was diverted by the ex governor throughout his eight-year tenure.
In a press release he circulated in Abuja on Thursday, Shinkafi stated the EFCC has refused to behave on greater than 12 petitions he filed with the Fee inside the previous 12 months detailing how the ex governor and a few crony firms and people diverted the stated sum by way of shady offers.
Shinkafi, in his newest letter, dated July 8, 2020 and addressed to, Mohammed Umar, who he described as the brand new Appearing chairman of the EFCC, stated that regardless of his quite a few petitions to the Fee, no motion was taken in opposition to the previous governor, who he stated, has been performing as if he’s above the regulation.
In keeping with him, the EFCC didn’t act regardless of acknowledging receipt of the quite a few petitions in opposition to Yari, people, contractors, non-public firms and a few high authorities functionaries.
The petition additional stated: “We had anticipated that the EFCC ought to have invited him for questioning, like they’ve been doing to different former governors who’re members of the opposition events.
“I’ve concluded that I’ll give the Fee this week and if nothing is finished on this my reminder, I shall be left with no choice than to file an motion on the Federal Excessive Courtroom to hunt an order of Mandamus to compel the EFCC to correctly fulfil their statutory official duties or to right any abuse of discretion as supplied by the EFCC Institution Act 2002.
“The Fee ought to let the Nigerian folks know the way far they’ve gone in respect to the petitions. Our leaders are alleged to be clear and accountable to us. They’re alleged to render accounts of their stewardship to the individuals who elected them whereas in workplace or after the expiration of their tenure.
“The choice of EFCC to not invite Hon. Abdulaziz Yari and his co-travelers for questioning is justifying the view of a number of Nigerians that the anti-corruption struggle of President Muhammadu Buhari administration is one sided, given that almost all of these arrested up to now are members of the opposition celebration.
“However a number of All Progressives Congress (APC) members accused of corruption are nonetheless strolling the streets freely, a sign that Nigeria nonetheless has an extended option to go within the battle in opposition to corruption.
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“You can’t construct an establishment if you solely arrest members of opposition events accused of corruption and ignore these accused of the identical factor who’re within the ruling celebration and allegedly near Mr. President.
“If Abdulaziz Yari was in opposition celebration, the EFCC would have invited him since he left workplace. If it was the opposition, the EFCC would have made a lot noise within the media with invitation, arrest and attainable prosecution.
“Generally, I ponder if that is actually a battle in opposition to corruption as a result of there are many financial vampires round Mr. President in opposition to whom petitions are gathering mud on the EFCC company headquarters.
“If EFCC fails to ask Hon. Abdulaziz Yari regardless of overwhelming and verifiable proof earlier than the Fee, this is able to make mockery of the anti-corruption marketing campaign of Mr. President.
“We’ve documented proof that indicted the previous governor of corruption whereas in workplace. These embody:
Report of Zamfara State Venture Verification Committee arrange by the current Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammed Matawalle.
“I hereby implore the Fee to train its statutory powers below the EFCC Institution Act 2002 to analyze, prosecute and penalise the economics and monetary crimes dedicated in opposition to the folks of Zamfara state by the previous governor and his cronies in addition to implementing the supply of different legal guidelines and rules referring to financial and monetary crimes”.
However in a swift response on Thursday, Yari described the allegations as laughable, asking if the whole income allocation to Zamfara was as much as N900 billion for the eight years he served as governor.
Yari, who spoke by way of his media aide, Mayowa Oluwabiyi, in a terse assertion, stated: “We wish to ask; how a lot was the general allocation that accrued to Zamfara state when Yari held sway because the governor of the state? We nonetheless preserve that we are going to not be a part of points with Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi”.