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The Patriots for the Advancement Of Peace and Social Development (PAPS) has urged the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to launch an investigation into the activities of the immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, while he was in office for allegedly misappropriating the sum of N288.4billion belonging to the state.

In a statement in Abuja in Abuja the Chairman Of PAPS Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi accused Yari of leaving the state in huge indebtedness.

This is he said that the court order of a Federal High Court Abuja which had ordered the final forfeiture of various amounts estimated at about N700million linked to the former Governor, Yari has vindicated the group’s calls for the arrest and prosecution of the former Governor.

Specifically, the ICPC had claimed that the funds were kept in accounts in two new generation banks by Yari, using his two companies – Kayatawa Nigeria Limited and B.T. Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited.

Shinkafi further accused the former governor of “wanton looting and misappropriation” of the state’s resources.

Giving a breakdown of how the alleged fraud was perpetrated, Shinkafi said the Abdulazi Yari-led administration left liabilities from on going projects to the tune N151,190,477,572.02(one hundred and ninety million, four hundred and seventy two naira two kobo. 
“Unremitted national housing fund deductions from salaries from 2016 to 2019 stands at N1,431,645,305,99(one billion four hundred and thirty one million, six hundred and forty five, three hundred and five naira ninety nine kobo).

“The liabilities under the ministry of education which involves external examinations and institutions Crescent University Abeokuta, Al-Hikma University Ilorin and Key Science Academy Abuja stands at N2.812.172.155(two billion, eight hundred and twelve million, one hundred and seventy two thousand, one hundred and fifty five naira).

“The Committee further discovered that out of the two billion naira approved by the Yari administration for the payment of backlog of gratuity owed to retired workers in the state, only retired permanent secretaries were paid which is to the tune of only N400,000.00, a whopping sum of one billion six hundred million is unaccounted for.
“We call on the Commission to investigate, prosecute and convict former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari over the misappropriation ,diversion, siphoning  and financial recklessness of N251billion as alleged by the Transition Committee Chairman headed by the immediate  past  Deputy Governor of the Zamfara State Malam Ibrahim Wakkala.”

Similarly, Shinkafi appealed to the anti-graft agencies to invite the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Abdulahi Shinkafi, to explain his claim that the Zamfara State government under Mr. Yari spent the sum of N35 billion on procurement of security equipment as well as relief materials for Internally Displaces Persons (IDPs) in the state.

“We demand that the Commissions invites the former SSG to come and substantiate the claim that the State Government spent N35 Billion on the purchase of relief materials.

“This investigation has become expedient following the claims by former Governor Abdulaziz Yari that his administration left no debts or liabilities for the new administration under Bello Mattawelle.
“It is on record that in all the 14 Local Government Areas in Zamfara State which were attacked by armed bandits there is no single IDP camp established by the State Government not to talk of the purchase of relief materials for the camps.

“We therefore demand that the Commission should investigate all the contracts documents, Books of account, Cash books,  Banks Statements in the  commercial banks, loans and advances, Local and international loans  incomes and  expenditures.

“All monies received from  Federal Allocation Accounts Committee (FAAC) and Local  government joint accounts, UBEC, SDG, Federal  Feeding funds,  VAT, Ecological and Stabilisation funds, Two trenches of  bailout funds, two trenches  of  Paris and London  clubs refund funds, Tetfunds,Excess crude oil funds, contracts awarded for the past eight years of the A.A Yari administration .MSME funds,Rice  Anchor borrowers credit schemes funds, etc.

He also recalled the N37.4 billion promissory notes discounted at 22 billion before the maturity ,the China Zhangahou N55billion drilling of water  borehole at 328million per unit, 22 billion Naira Rural  Electrification projects. The fictitious supply of fertiliser, Vehicles  Charcoal, Books, Minerals exploration, the mass housing project worth billions awarded not but executed.

“We demand that the Commissions invites the former SSG to come and substantiate the claim that the State Government spent N35 Billion on the purchase of relief materials.

“This investigation has become expedient following the claims by former Governor Abdulaziz Yari that his administration left no debts or liabilities for the new administration under Bello Mattawelle,” he added.

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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