The former governor of Zamfara state, Abdul-Aziz Yari has launched a scathing attack on his successor; Bello Matawalle over the latter’s refusal to pay allowances due to Yari as a former governor.
In a letter dated October 17, Yari explained that the law stipulated that a former governor is entitled to a monthly upkeep allowance of N10 million; together with a pension equivalent.
The ex-governor further stated that he has received his upkeep only twice; since the expiration of his tenure on May 29.
He further revealed that “the pension and upkeep allowance are not in the category of privileges; that can be truncated without any justifiable reason.
“Hence, the need to request for the settlement of the total backlog of the pension and upkeep as provided by the law.”
However, the office of Governor Matawalle is yet to respond to these claims.
Meanwhile, Matawalle has accused Yari of inciting violence in the state.
It was reported that the governor made the accusation on Sunday, November 24; at government house, Gusau. This was while receiving some firearms that some “repentant bandits” surrendered.
The governor reportedly blamed recent attacks on Yari; saying he could order his arrest if killings continue in the state.
He said it is not a coincidence that attacks occur whenever his predecessor visits.
“I have decided to take this action against the former governor; because I observed that whenever he visited the state, there would be attacks and killing of innocent people immediately he left,” Matawalle was quoted to have said.
Fourteen persons were killed on Sunday in an attack on Karaye village in Gummi local government area.
The attack is the first major breach of the peace agreement between the state government and suspected bandits.
Matawalle alleged that his predecessor’s visit was followed by a security breach; which he described as “too much of coincidence.”
“Security is the responsibility of all. I wonder why some people such as the former governor; and his followers are not happy with the current development in which the security of the state has significantly improved,” he said.
The governor, therefore, instructed security agencies in the state to arrest; and prosecute anybody found to be responsible for the killings.