ICPC Arraigns Ex-Gov Yerima Over N1b Fraud

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission will on Thursday arraign a former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, in a Gusau, Zamfara State High Court over allegation that he mismanaged the N1 billion loan meant for the repair of Gusau Dam in 2006.
The ICPC had already filed 19 charges against the ex-governor.
Yerima served as the governor of Zamfara State for two terms between 1999 and 2007, after which he won election to serve as a senator.
The former governor is to be tried before Justice Bello Shinkafi along with three others — Alhaji Hashim A. Dikko, Development Management Limited and HAD Nigeria Limited.
According to the charges filed against him, Yerima allegedly diverted N425,491,736.75 from the N1 billion for other purposes, including assistance to the Independent National Electoral Commission, furniture allowance, consultancy fee, Ramadan feeding, Hajj and purchase of cars.
The charges also revealed that the former governor used the sum of N574,508,263.25 for flood disaster related matters.
Yerima was a leading advocate of Sharia law.
His administration courted controversy after prosecuting a cow thief, Buba Jangebe, through a Shari’a Court, which in turn ordered the amputation of the hands of the alleged thief.
If convicted, the ex-governor is liable to a five years imprisonment without an option of fine.

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