– EFCC is pursuing another high profile corruption probe that has been linked to a former governor, Abdulaziz Yari
– Yari, former Zamfara governor, allegedly made an attempt to launder N300 billion
– The EFCC said the former governor had made a statement and had been released on bail
Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara state has been grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged N300 billion attempted money laundering.
The Nation reports that the former governor was suspected to have attempted to move the cash through a company’s account in a new generation bank.
The anti-graft agency was quoted to have said:
“He (Yari) made a statement based on preliminary findings and he was released on bail.
“All those connected with the suspicious attempt to move the N300billion will be invited too.”
In another report, the Federal High Court in Abuja has been called upon by Senator Orji Uzor Kalu to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from retrying him.
In an ex parte order filed by his lawyer, Awa Kalu, the senator appealed to the court to prohibit any anti-graft agency from prosecuting him on the ground that no extant judgment and ruling of a competent court in the country has ordered his retrial.
Moreover, the motion brought before Justice Inyang Ekwo claimed that since he had been charged, convicted, and sentenced on the same charges of money laundering, it would be a double tragedy to go through the court processes again.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed the $2 million money laundering charge filed against Uyiekpen Giwa-Osagie, a lawyer to Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
Recall that Giwa-Osagie was dragged to the court by the anti-graft agency, EFCC.
The court presided by Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke held, among others, that the EFCC failed to establish that the money said to have been delivered to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2019 was illegal.