- Checks have revealed that a former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, paid himself and his former deputy huge money before leaving office
- The money is said to be totalling N525 million two days before the duo left office earlier this year
- An official computation show that the two payments were part of three other payments obtained on loan
A report by Premium Times indicates that former governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari, paid himself and his former deputy N525 million two days left office.
According to the report, official documents and a bank statement show that Yari was paid N350 million two days before he left office.
The money was paid from the state government’s gratuity funds under the pension sub-account with a new generation bank branch in Gusau, the state capital on Monday, May 27.
Also, the then outgoing deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, was paid N175 million from the same account.
An official computation show that the two payments were part of three other payments obtained on loan from the said account.
The document showed that Yari was paid for “purchase of a house in Maitama, Abuja,” in what appears to be in compliance with the luxury pension law.
Yari's successor, Bello Matawalle, had repealed the law, saying, “there is no reason whatsoever the state could afford to pay the past leaders a a whopping sum of N702 million annually to the detriment of dying pensioners in the state.”
Yari, had written his successor an open letter, requesting N10 million monthly upkeep, in addition to his monthly pension as former governor.
The letter generated furore across the country, with many accusing the former governor of being insensitive.
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Pension for former governors has been a controversial issue since Nigeria’s return to civil rule in 1999.
However, in a landmark ruling recently, a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos declared that it is illegal for former governors who are now elected senators or ministers to collect pensions as ex-chief executive officers of their respective states.
The suit was instituted by civil society organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in 2017.
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