Ex-gov Yari won’t forfeit N248m to FG, says aide


Sunday Aborisade, Abuja

A former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has appealed against the judgment of a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja which ordered him to forfeit $669,248 and N24.3m to the Federal Government.

The Media aide to the former governor, Mayowa Oluwabiyi, stated this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday.

He, therefore, assured members of the public that the appellate court would vindicate Yari

Oluwabiyi noted that although Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had ruled that Yari should forfeit $669,248 and N24.3m to the government, the court gave him 14 days to show cause why he should not forfeit the money.

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According to the statement, “the former governor had no reason to fear because he declared all the companies and businesses he had to the Code of Conduct Bureau on assumption of office.”

The statement further said that the CCB had cleared all the businesses.

The statement read in part, “The ex-governor’s legal team had already begun the process of appealing the judgement at the court of appeal

“We hereby enjoin members of the public to await the final determination of the case and expressed optimism that the verdict will vindicate the former governor.”

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Recall that a Federal High Court in Abuja last Tuesday ordered a final forfeiture of N284, 306, 294.04 linked to Yari, to the Federal Government.

The money was said to have been lodged with Zenith Bank and Polaris Bank.

Justice Ojukwu, who gave the final forfeiture order, said Yari could not prove how he made the huge sum of money while or before serving as governor of the state (between May 29, 2011 and May 29, 2019).

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Yari and two companies belonging to him (Kayatawa Nig. Ltd and B.T. Oil and Gas Nig. Ltd.) were indicted for alleged fraud and were dragged to the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other-Related Offences Commission.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, who had granted an interim order on the money on August 16, 2019, told the respondents to exonerate themselves from the ICPC allegations.

The money deposited at the two banks were $687,874.81 and about N24,289,522.89.