Court Orders AGF, EFCC To Stay Action On Yari’s Properties

Banditry: Yari Commends NAF For Air Strikes In Zamfara
Governor Abdulaziz Yari addressing State House correspondents after meeting with the President in Abuja on January 3, 2019.

 

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has reaffirmed its order directing the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to take further steps in the move to seize the property of the immediate-past Governor of Zamfara State, Mr Abdulaziz Yari.

Justice Nkeonye Maha in a short ruling on Thursday maintained that doing so would not be in the interest of justice now that the matter was pending before the court.

She also ordered that the case file be remitted to the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, for re-assignment to a regular court on the ground that the tenure of the vacation court would end on September 13.

The case has now been adjourned to September 30 for the hearing of both the preliminary issues and the substantive suit.

Mr Yari, in his supporting affidavit, blamed his travails in the hands of the prosecution agencies on the activities of some purported powerful politicians who were on a vendetta mission against him over the 2019 elections in Zamfara.

Specifically, the former governor stated that the political events within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which eventually led to the party losing out the leadership of the state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the judgment of the Supreme Court, was the main reason for his prosecution.

Yari Confirms EFCC’s Raid On Residence, Says Nothing Incriminating Found

Banditry: Yari Commends NAF For Air Strikes In Zamfara
Former Zamfara Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari

The former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has confirmed the raid on his residence by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement by the media aide of the former governor, Ibrahim Dosara, Yari denied the rumours that valuables were carted away but stated that nothing incriminating  was found after the search.

Read Full Statement Below:

My attention has been drawn to a story making the round that some operatives of the EFCC have raided the residence of the former Governor of Zamfara state Hon Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, at Talata Mafara and carted away with some valuables.

It is in view of this that I deemed it necessary to clarify issues on the matter for the general public note.

It is true that some operatives of the EFCC were on Sunday, August 5th 2019 at the residence of the former Governor in Talata Mafara.

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Although the reason for their visit to the house is yet to be known, the former Governor ordered that all rooms and offices in the house be opened for the operatives to conduct their search.

On the order of the former Gov, all rooms and offices in the house were opened for the operatives to carry out the search. After about five hours of search, the operatives left the house empty handed.

It is a well known fact that the EFCC is an institution established by the constitution of the Federal Republic and given the right to investigate any body on allegations brought before it.

As law abiding citizen of Nigeria, the former Gov ordered that all rooms and offices be opened for the EFCC officials to conduct their search.

It is therefore pertinent to inform the general public that there was nothing incriminating found or taken out of the house.

We therefore allow the EFCC to carry out its responsibility before making any further comment on the issue.

MAN, LCCI Fault Governor Yari’s Claims Of Possible Recession

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), have disagreed with the prediction by the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdulaziz Yari on the looming recession.

Mr Yari, had told the newly-elected governors on Monday, to prepare for another cycle of possible economic recession by mid-2020.

The recession, according to Yari, who is also the Zamfara state Governor, may not end until the third quarter of 2021.

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The Organised Private Sector group, in a reaction on Tuesday, questioned the basis on which Governor Yari made his prediction about another cycle of recession from 2020 to mid-2021.

According to the MAN president, Mansur Ahmed, “although the economy is not growing as fast as expected, it is growing nonetheless and all the projections from the world bank and other international bodies say that it will keep growing.”

The Director-General, LCCI, Mr Muda Yusuf, said “he could not agree with Yari because he was not speaking in the capacity of an economist and did not put parameters forward to back his projections.”

Banditry: Yari Commends NAF For Air Strikes In Zamfara

Banditry: Yari Commends NAF For Air Strikes In Zamfara
A file photo of Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari addressing reporters in Abuja on January 3, 2019.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, has commended the Nigerian Air Force for its efforts and commitment towards ending banditry in the state.

He offered the commendation at a closed-door meeting with security chiefs held on Saturday at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The governor noted the recent achievement recorded against the criminals and described the air strikes on bandits as successful.

READ ALSOOne Soldier Killed As Troops Neutralise Suspected Bandits In Zamfara

He urged the air force to carry out more air strikes in Dumburun town in Zurmi  Local Government Area of the state where he said banditry thrives.

Elsewhere, reports emerged that the traditional rulers in Zamfara have apologised to the Nigerian Air Force.

The Council of Chiefs in the state, however, said it would address a press conference soon, to make its position known on the matter.

In further efforts to rid the north-west of banditry, the air force vowed that it would not rest on its laurels until criminal elements terrorising residents in the region were completely eliminated.

The Air Officer Commanding Special Operation Command, Air Vice Marshal Napoleon Bali, gave the assurance on Sunday in Katsina State.

He spoke at a gathering of personnel of various air force units fighting insurgency in the north-west region.

Air Vice Marshal Bali appealed to the management of the Umaru Musa Yar’adua International Airport, Katsina to continue assisting the operations of the Nigerian Air Force.

Yari Heads To Supreme Court Over Zamfara APC Governorship Primary

Killings: Yari Ready To Vacate Office As Zamfara Governor
A file photo of Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari addressing State House correspondents after meeting with the President in Abuja on January 3, 2019.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, has reacted to the court judgment which nullified the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the governorship election in the state.

Addressing State House correspondents on Tuesday in Abuja, the governor said he would approach the Supreme Court on the matter.

He explained that the purpose of going to the apex court was to seek the interpretation of the ruling for better understanding.

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“I think it is better for us to go to the Supreme Court so that the court can be able to explain what the judgment is about,” Governor Yari said.

He added, “In the entire judgment, there is no order or directive of what to be done or what not to be done.”

The governor also noted that the judgement did not make any pronouncement regarding the National Assembly and State House of Assembly elections in the state.

He addressed reporters a day after the Court of Appeal in Sokoto State nullified the APC primary for the governorship election in Zamfara.

This followed an appeal filed by the lawmaker representing Zamfara Central district and Senate Committee Chairman on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Kabiru Marafa, and 129 others.

In its ruling on Monday, the appellate court set aside the decision of the Zamfara State High Court which allowed the APC to field a candidate for the governorship election in the state.

It held that the trial court failed to carry out a proper evaluation of the evidence before it before arriving at a decision.

According to the appellate court, the decision of the State High Court was fraught with error.

It added that it has the power in law to assess pieces of evidence on appeal, which the court had done in this case.

Yari, El-Rufai, Other APC Governors Meet With Buhari

Yari, El-Rufai, Other APC Governors Meet With Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a meeting at the State House in Abuja.

 

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara State, and some of his colleagues on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, shortly after his arrival from his home town, Daura, in Katsina State.

The other governors, who are all members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), included Kashim Shettima (Borno), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).

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Others are Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), and Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

Some of the governors were re-elected for a second term in the March 9 elections.

Although the purpose of the meeting was not made known, the visit came three days after the Governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Gov. Yari Assures U.S. Of Free And Fair Elections In Zamfara

Gov. Yari Assures U.S. Of Free And Fair Elections In Zamfara

 

Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, has assured the United States government that the governorship and state house of assembly elections in the state will be free and fair.

He gave the assurance on Friday when he received the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, at his home town in Mafara.

The governor explained that the aspiration of his administration was to ensure that the people’s choice count ahead of the polls scheduled to hold on March 9.

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He also reiterated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to ensuring justice and equity to all Nigerians, regardless of their ethnicity or political affiliation.

Governor Yari informed the U.S. diplomat that the nation’s democracy has come of age in the last two decades.

On his part, Mr Symington urged the people of the state to shun violence and embrace peace ahead of the polls.

His visit to the state comes one week after Governor Yari won the bid to represent Zamfara West senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Days after the elections, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, declared President Buhari the winner of the February 23 presidential poll.

Zamfara Killings: Yari Says He Is Ready For State Of Emergency

Killings: Yari Ready To Vacate Office As Zamfara Governor
Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari addressing State House correspondents after meeting with the President in Abuja on January 3, 2019.

 

Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, says he is ready for a state of emergency to ensure the safety of the residents and their property.

The governor disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa in Abuja.

“If the state of emergency will solve the problem, Yari is ready,” he said while answering questions relating to the security situation in Zamfara.

Yari explained that he would not hesitate to step aside from office if that would address the security challenges and restore peace in the state.

He made the comments following a series of attacks by bandits which claimed several lives and left many others injured with properties destroyed in some communities in the state.

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Amid calls for the declaration of a state of emergency in Zamfara, the governor told a news conference in Gusau on Thursday last week that he would do anything within his power to end insecurity in the state.

He, however, informed the State House correspondents in Abuja that the state government was working to tackle the attacks by bandits in different parts of Zamfara.

Governor Yari condemned the insinuations that he was being political with the security challenges in his state, stressing that he had always been on top of his game.

“We are there because life is there. If there is no life there, what is the essence of leadership?” he questioned, saying, “Therefore, I did not make (the statement) it out of politics; I am serious about it.”

He added, “The way some other people are talking about it politically; since my inception, I never looked at insecurity as political. But I look at it as criminality and I approach it in the way that can be solved.”

The governor assured the residents that activities of the criminals would not affect the conduct of the general elections in the state.

He blamed the killing of innocent people on the inadequate presence of police personnel in the state.

Killings: Yari Backs Calls For State Of Emergency In Zamfara

NGF Says Most States Lack Capacity To Pay New Minimum Wage
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Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, says he supports the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state.

The governor, while addressing newsmen at a press briefing in the capital, Gusau on Thursday, also stressed that he would do anything within his power to bring an end to the security situation.

He said, “I am also in support of the declaration of state of emergency if it will save the lives of people of the state”.

Speaking further, Yari warned politicians against politicising the security situation in the state.

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Zamfara has been one of the hotspots of insurgency in recent time, with several attacks, claiming the lives of many.

The Governor’s comments come in the wake of a fresh attack on two communities which claimed 17 lives.

The suspected bandits attacked Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe Local Government Area and Magami community in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area of the state on Saturday evening.

President Muhammadu Buhari who according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Monday, condemned the killing, described it as “horrendous acts of violence” and “crimes against humanity”.

He also said the violence must come to an end and to that effect, authorized an assessment trip to Zamfara and Sokoto States by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq on Christmas and Boxing day.

Beyond that, as a way of providing better security to the area, Shehu noted that the Nigeria Police Force has deployed Special Forces in each of the local government in Zamfara State.

According to him, the Defence Headquarters also deployed a Special Military Intervention Force comprising more than 1,000 personnel to respond to the security challenges in the North Central and North West.

NEC To Meet Dec 14, Yari Reveals After Talks With Osinbajo

NEC To Meet Dec 14, Says Yari After Talks With Osinbajo
A file photo of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja in January 2018.

 

The National Economic Council (NEC) would meet on Friday next week, to review the performance of the nation’s economy from January 2018 to date.

This is according to the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara State who briefed State House correspondents on Monday in Abuja.

Governor Yari made the disclosure after he led governors of Borno and Kaduna, Kashim Shettima and Nasir El-Rufai, to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors.

On what was discussed at today’s meeting, he said, “It is about the NEC, discussing of the good date for the NEC because this is the end of the year and usually, we used to have extended NEC meeting and looking at who should be invited, being the last year for the election.”

The Governor added, “That is what we discussed, and we agreed that the NEC is going to be held on Friday, December 14.”

He further gave an insight into measures being put in place by the government in Zamfara to address the security challenges in the state.

Yari explained the reason behind the deposing of some traditional rulers in the state, citing alleged complicity with armed bandits and the need to fish out the culprits.

He revealed that the state government has engaged intelligence expert for investigations, stressing that more traditional rulers would be dismissed if found culpable.

“What we are trying to do is to teach a lesson because the problem we have in Zamfara State in the north-west is a kind of peculiar problem that some of the traditional rulers are supporting the banditry activities or taking advantage or taking money from them or relationship; that is very dangerous,” the governor said.

He added, “Any one that we find wanting in this, definitely he must face punishment, and we are trying to use every avenue that we have to ensure that we fish out those that are within us – within the traditional rulers and outside.

“That is why we hired intelligence; we hired the civilian JTF and all of them so that they can help us by giving us the details.”

According to Governor Yari, the government engaged about 2600 people in its resolve to tackle banditry, but this is not enough because the people are strange to the terrain.

He said they have, however, employed indigenes who would lead the security agencies to their doorsteps and were already getting positive results.

Zamfara Gov Faults Cancellation Of APC Primary, Insists Exercise Was Credible

 

The Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has faulted the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cancel the governorship primary in the state.

The governor accused the chairman of the primary committee, Professor Abubakar Faki, of bias, alleging that he was being sponsored by the opposition to influence the outcome of the elections.

He told journalists in Gusau, the state capital on Thursday that the election was credible and therefore, vowed to ensure that the process is completed and the results are announced.

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The APC had cancelled the exercise, stating that it was marred by various malpractices including snatching of election materials.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, the election committee explained that the decision had been approved by the National Working Committee based on the cited reasons.

It also said that a new date will be announced soon for the repeat of the exercise.

FAAC Stalemate Continues As Governors Label NNPC Remittance As ‘Unacceptable’

 

The controversy that trailed the impasse in the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) is far from ending.

The matter took a new dimension on Wednesday as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) insisted that the remittances from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were inaccurate.

Chairman of the Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, briefed reporters at the end of the meeting which held in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said the governors resolved that until the NNPC corrects the discrepancies in the amount remitted to the Federation Account, the states would not share the money.

“We have seen irregularities in numbers and discrepancies in numbers, saying that ‘you are taking subsidy – a subsidy of N88billion’; but you clearly stated that N31billion is for the month of June and N57billion is for payment of 2007 or 2017 subsidy, which is not acceptable,” Governor Yari noted.

He argued that the NNPC cannot deduct funds from the Federation Account at its discretion unless it gets the approval of the President or the National Executive Council (NEC).

The NGF chairman, however, pointed out that such was not the case in this instance and even if it was, the governors have a right to disagree or agree with such approval.

They also queried the amount that the NNPC claimed to have used for the payment of petroleum subsidies.

NNPC had remitted N147billion into the Federation Account in May, but the governors faulted the amount and asked the agency to return the funds it deducted.

They described the amount remitted as a far cry from expected revenue, noting that the said amount does not reflect the current economic realities and prices of oil in the international market.

Governors in attendance include Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Abubakar Bagudu (Kebbi), Aminu Masari (Katsina), and Willie Obiano (Anambra), among others.