Groups popularly known as Zamfara state concern citizens demised the recent report accusing former governor of the state now, Senator Ahmed Sani Yarima by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC, on how he allegedly squandered N1 billion loan secured through the United Bank for Africa UBA in 2006 for the repairs of Gusau barrage during his stewardship as governor of the state
This was contained in a statement signed by Abdulrahman and Saminu Salihu Muazu on behalf of the members of the group today and issued to journalists in gusau.
According to them, only N500 million loan for the repairs of Gusau Dam as approved by UBA has been discovered and presented by independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission ICPC, to the court while, N500 million as presented is bank overdraft to the state government.
The group described the allegations against senator Yarima as rootless and malicious capable of tarnishing his good reputation and personalities, saying, the constitution of Nigeria of 1999 as amended in section 120, 121 and 122 clearly stipulated how money is to be received and spend by any state government in which the former governor Ahmed Sani strictly observed the provision of the constitution in that direction.
“The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission officials had presented statement of account of Zamfara state government before the court from UBA where N500 Million was disbursed as loan and credited to its account on the 11th of October, 2006 and we want to make it clear that there was nothing like N500 million overdraft in that statement of account”.
According to them, the ICPC officials confirmed in their presentation to the court that the sum of N574 million was actualy spent on the repairs of Gusau Dam, while challenged that if the actual loan is N500 million and amount spent on the project is N574 then described the allegations as politically motivated to tarnish the image of Zamfara state former governor Ahmed Sani Yariman Bakura.
The group then appealed to the court handling the case in Gusau to nullified the case as there was no where the ICPC alleged that Yarima benefited personally or diverted to his personal account any money from Zamfara state government during his stewardship as governor of the state.