Alleged Diversion/unlawful deduction of LG Allocations to sponsor 490 Ulamas in 14 LGAs of Zamafara to Saudi Arabia for prayers against armed banditry-PAPSD Writes EFCC

*Demands Arrest/Prosecution Of Yari/Others

The Patriots for the Advancement of Peace and Social Development (PAPSD) has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asking it to invite, investigate and possibly prosecute former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulazeez Yari, his former Commissioners of Finance and Local Government Affairs for allegedly diverting over N365million from the accounts of the local government under the guise of sponsoring Ulamas to Saudi Arabia.

The group in the petition said”We hereby wish to forward a petition to the commission to invite, investigate and possibly prosecute the unlawful deduction of the monthly statutory allocation funds and withdrawals of the sum of Three Hundred and Sixty Five Million Naira (NGN365,000,000), from the Statutory Allocation of November, 2018 to sponsor 35 Ulamas from each Local Government Area of Zamfara State to Saudi Arabia to pray for the successful exercise for the recruitment and operation of Civilian Joint Taskforce (CJTF), to fight armed banditry in Zamfara state.

“The State Governor directd the Commissioner for the Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to make illegal deduction and withdrawals of Fourteen Million Naira (NGN 14,000,000), on Monthly basis from all the Fourteen Local Government Area bank account domiciled in the United Bank of Africa (UBA), Gusau Branch.

The Executive Director of PAPSD Dr Sani Abdulahi Shinkafi in the petition to the EFCC Chairman routed through the Sokoto Zonal office of the Commission pointed out that “All the Local Government Area Chairmen, Secretaries, Directors of Finance and Cashier duly signed a cheque leaf and submit the copy of the cheques to the Branch Manager, the Sum of one Hundred and Ninety-Six Million (N196,000,000) unlawfully deducted and withdrew in cash at the United Bank of Africa (UBA), Gusau Branch on monthly basis, the junior brother to the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari, Abubakar Alias Danauta is used as a conduit pipe to siphoned and diverted the funds for personal enrichment.

“Going by the figures the Sum of Two Billion Three Hundred and fifty-two Million (N2,352,000,000.00k) only are unlawfully deducted from Local Government Area Statutory Allocation Joint Account Committee(JAAC) annually at the detriment of the masses of our rural communities.Going by His Excellency approval the sum of Two Thousand Dollar ($2000) was approved to the Ulamas as Basic Travelling Allowances (BTA) to travel to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but going through the payment schedule the record clearly revealed that the sum of One Thousand Dollar ($1000) was paid to the beneficiaries against the approval of His Excellency. If you clearly examine scrutinized the signature signed by the beneficiaries, you will come to the conclusion the signature of the beneficiaries was forged and signed with one pen.

Shinkafi further stated that “We implore the Commission to find out what is the official status of Kabiru Kamba for signing and collecting the Sum of Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollar ($980,000) valued at Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Million (N365,000,000) only on behalf of Zamfara State Government for onward disbursement to Ulamas as Basic Travelling Allowances (BTA)

“We hereby urge the commission to engage the service of forensic expert to authenticate the genuineness of thesignatures of the beneficiaries as claimed.In view of the highlighted above, I feel that this weighty allegation should not be swept under the carpet.

“We hereby request for a detailed painstaking and in-depth-investigation to be carried out by your office to unveil those behind this cruel act.

The following underlisted individuals are aiding and abetting the unlawful deduction and persistent withdrawals of the Local Government Statutory Allocation Funds from Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) domiciled in United Bank for Africa (UBA), Gusau Branch

  1. Hon. Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari
    Former Governor of Zamfara state.
  2. Hon.Bello Dankande Gamji
    Former Commissioner Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
  3. Alhaji Suleiman Bala Shinkafi
    Branch Manager United Bank of Africa (UBA).
  4. Jafaru Abubakar Yari
    (Alias Danauta).
  5. Lawal Abubakar Muhammed Barmo
    Director finance
  6. Kabiru A. Shehu
  7. Sulaiman Garba K.
  8. Dawisu Multi-Purpose (Umar Salihu Maikassu08069521357).
  9. Kabiru Kamba (08086000001)
  10. Alhaji Haruna Salau
    Permanent secretary Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
  11. Alh. Mustapha Muhammad
    Chairman Anka Local Government
  12. Abbas Galadima
    Secretary Anka Local Government
  13. Alh. Dandare Dakko
    Chairman Bakura Local Government
  14. Saminu Samaila
    Secretary Bakura Local Government
  15. Alh. Umar Muhammad Birnin Magaji
    Chairman Birnin Magaji Local Government
  16. Junaidu Abdullahi Anka
    Secretary Birnin Magaji Local Government
  17. Alh. Nasiru Zarumi Masama
    Chairman Bukuyyum Local Government
  18. Aliyu Musa Dauran
    Secretary Bukuyyum Local Government
  19. Abdulaziz A. Nahuche
    Bungudu Local Government
  20. Ibrahim T. Tukur
    Secretary Bungudu Local Government
  21. Alh. Saidu Bawa
    Chairman Gummi Local Government
  22. Aliyu Garba Bungudu
    Secretary Gummi Local Government
  23. Alh. Lawal Isah Abdullahi
    Kaura Namoda Local Government
  24. Umar Muhammad Kurya
    Secretary kaura Namoda Local Government
  25. Alh. Yahaya Shehu Maradun
    Chairman Maradun Local Government.
  26. Kabiru S/Aski
    Secretary Maradun Local Government.
  27. Alh. Salisu Isah D/Gulbi
    Chairman Maru Local Government.
  28. Mansur Abdullahi
    Secretary Maru Local Government.
    29.Alh. Ibrahim Umar Tanko
    Chairman Gusau Local Government.
  29. Suleiman Ashiru
    Secretary Gusau Local Government.
  30. Alh. Muhammad Sani Galadi
    Chairman Shinkafi Local Government.
  31. Iliyasu Garba
    Secretary Shinkafi Local Government
  32. Alh. Lawal Marafa
    Chairman Talata Mafara Local Government.
  33. Yusuf Jibo Gwashi
    Secretary Talata Mafara Local Government.
  34. Alh. Aliyu A Tsafe
    Chairman Tsafe Local Government.
  35. Bello zubairu
    Secretary Tsafe Local Government.
  36. Dr. Ahmad A Bawa
    Chairman Zurmi Local Government.
  37. Sa’adu Mayana
    Secretary Tsafe Local Government.
  38. All Directors of Finance from 14 Local GovernmentArea
  39. All Cashiers of 14 Local Government Area
  40. All 147 Electoral Ward Councilors
  41. 490 Ulamas as alleged in payment scheduled sheets and memo approved by the former Governor.

Shinkafi also said “We hereby enclose all relevant documents for your information and further necessary actions.

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