Former governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Yerima has faulted the allegation of corruption brought against him by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). The ICPC, last week arraigned Yerima, who is a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for mismanaging a N1bn loan meant for the repair of Gusau Dam in 2006. Yerima, however through his lawyer, Mahmoud Magaji refuted the allegations. INFORMATION NIGERIA puts together in this piece the reasons provided by Yerima to prove his innocence…
– Yerima says the money in question was an internal loan of N1bn, which was approved as part of the consolidated revenue fund to be used to finance the budget by the State house of Assembly.
– The ex-governor said the state agriculture ministry in its reply to a letter dated February 6th, 2007 by Yerima turned down the request to buy 50,000 metric tonnes of grains and instead decided to buy 20,000 metric tonnes.
– The letter according to him was from the federal ministry of Agriculture approving the purchase of the grains from Zamfara state was on July 17, 2007, about two months after he had left office.
Yerima is contesting the allegation contained in the charge that he sold the grains!!!