NO HIDDING PLACE FOR MAGU: Yari Says He’s Intimidating Govs, Threatens To Report Him To FG
FIRST, it was the Senate has vowed not to confirm him as the substantive chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); an action that has led to the current face-off between the lawmakers and the executive. The latest now is that the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, has accused Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of EFCC of intimidating governors “for no just cause” and threatened to report him to the federal government.
Yari made the threat while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday.
The chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) accused the commission of not “tidying its work” before going to court and that “all it wants is for Nigerians to know it has invited a governor or that one former governor is arrested”.
Yari denied an EFCC allegation that parts of the Paris Club loan refund were diverted from the NGF’s account on his instruction.
The anti-graft agency had also alleged that N500m from the fund was diverted to offset Yari’s personal loan obtained from the First Generation Mortgage Bank Limited.
But Yari said it is all lies.
“I am going to write to the federal government that enough is enough; that either the EFCC should do its work or we should ‘do showdown’ with them (EFCC) because nobody became governor to be intimidated, to be harassed, to be abused by a DCP, he said.
“You can’t fight corruption that way and forever, they (EFCC) will not achieve anything.
“In the case of my humble self, I have no idea why the EFCC is actually interested in the issue of the London Paris Club refund. It has been on this since inception up till now. It has been repeating, contradicting so many things especially about personalities.
“So, if there is anything wrong there, it should approach the person whom it suspects did something wrong, and not to be making noise about it. I challenge the chairman of EFCC to open up and say if he has ever come to me and interviewed me about what happened.
“We didn’t commit any fraud. I am not a signatory to that account but I am the head. So, it is what governors agree that I, as chairman, append my signature on. So now, they are saying $86m fraud, N19bn fraud, $3m hotel; which one do we believe?” he asked