The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), yesterday, arraigned former governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Yerima, at a Gusau High Court for alleged misappropriation of over N1 billion during his tenure in 2006.
ICPC’s lawyer, Mashkur Salisu, said the money was a bank loan meant for the repair of collapsed Gusau Dam and payment of compensation to victims affected by the tragedy, but Yerima diverted the money to other purposes.
Salisu said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 25 (1) (a) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.
Yerima, who is standing trial on a 19-count charge of alleged misappropriation pleaded not guilty.
He was granted bail at N100 million and two sureties in like sum.
Justice Shinkafi ruled that the sureties must own landed property worth N150 million, while one of them must be resident in Gusau. He adjourned the case to February 29 and March 1, for hearing.
Speaking to reporters after the court session, Yerima alleged that the case was instituted against him by his “political enemies” and “we will use politics to fight back”.
Yerima is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Zamfara State in the Senate.