Former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has threatened legal action against some media organisations for publishing what he described as fake news against him.
In a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Ibrahim Dosara, Yari alleged that three media outfits (names withheld) were out to smear his image, Igbere TV reports.
The former governor’s threat followed the raid of his Zamfara residence August 4 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Yari highlighted a headline of one of the outfits which read “Re: Exotic automobiles uncovered in former gov. Yari’s home’’ saying it was untrue.
He added that the concerned media outfits had captioned their reports in the following manner: “N2.35 billion IDPs fund was misappropriated by the former Gov.
“N3. 51 billion ecological fund was misappropriated by the former Gov.“These are the allegations made against the former governor and credited to the EFCC.”
Yari warned the media outfits to retract their reports within 24 hours or face legal action.
“On the issue of the alleged IDPs N35 billion the newspapers accused the former governor of, I challenge these newspapers to publish to the public, the name of persons or institutions that gave him such amount of money or indeed any penny for the IDPs. Otherwise, the former governor will take legal action,” the statement said.
The spokesman also
said the EFCC did not find anything incriminating against Yari, saying
his camp was waiting to see what would be done to the whistleblower.