Yari Does Not Own $3m Lagos Hotel – NGF Spokesman


The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has denied reports that the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, is building a $3m hotel in Lagos with monies stolen from the Paris London Club refunds to state governments.

The Head, Media and Public Affairs of the NGF, Mr. Abulrazque Barkindo, who described the media reports as worrisome in a statement on Monday, said that Yari did not have a plot of land in Lagos, let alone a hotel.

He said the report carried by an online medium was harmful and libelous and could not be substantiated despite its attribution to a source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Barkindo quoted Yari as having said that the claims that he diverted to personal use the various sums of $3m, N500m and another N2.2bn from the N19bn paid his state were false and libelous.

He said, “Reports on Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum making the rounds in some online media which claimed that the “governor is building a $3m hotel from monies stolen from the Paris-London Club refunds to states” give cause for worry.

“The reports contain harmful, damaging and libelous insinuations which remain largely unsubstantiated despite the fact that it attributes the leaks to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission officials in Lagos.

“Governor Abdulaziz Yari has said emphatically that he does not even own a plot of land in Lagos, not to talk of a hotel. But the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission officials in Lagos claimed as follows: that “they have found a hotel being constructed by Governor Yari of Zamfara state with three million dollars he stole from London-Paris Club loan refund to Nigerian states.

“Governor Yari is not building any hotel in Lagos nor were any monies stolen or embezzled from the Paris-London Club refunds to states or from any other source.”

He said that the NGF was alarmed that the anti graft body, the EFCC, was feeding the populace with falsehood to the determinant of its reputation.

He claimed that the situation could be responsible for the loss of several high profile cases being handled by the commission after ‘unfairly staged managed media trials’ with the attendant pain and embarrassment to the victims.

Barkindo said that while the said sources mentioned a hotel in Lekki area of Lagos, the report was silent on the street and information on the property in question.

He urged the EFCC to channel its energy to a thorough investigation that could withstand legal scrutiny in the court stressing that the media trial could never be an alternative to the courts of the land.

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