Speaking the Nations Mind

EFCC grills ex-Kwara governor Abdulfatah Ahmed over alleged corruption




Abdulfatah Ahmed, the immediate past governor of Kwara state, has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation.

It was gathered that the governor in a tweet on Tuesday, December 8, said he honoured the invitation of the zonal office of EFCC in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.

The former governor noted that the invitation was to clarify specific transactions and decisions taken while steering the ship of the state.

He said:

“Yesterday, I was at the Ilorin zonal office of EFCC on the invitation. During the session, I clarified specific budgeted transactions and board-approved decisions of a government body while I was Governor. No allegation of fraud was made against me. I have since returned home.”

Ahmed’s successor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, had inaugurated panels to probe the sales of state-owned properties and assets starting from 1999.

The governor also inaugurated another panel to look into the finances of local governments and their activities since 1999.

The reflector reports that Ademola Banu, the former commissioner for finance under Ahmed, was arraigned for alleged N411 million money laundering.

He was reportedly arraigned alongside Travel Messenger Company Limited and one Olarewaju Adeniyi, on nine counts before Justice Babangana Ashigar of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, Kwara State

According to the online medium, the immediate past chairperson of Kwara state Scholarship Board, Fatimah Yusuf, and two others who were allegedly involved in bursary fraud, were arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the state high court, Ilorin.

They were arraigned on a seven-count charge for their alleged involvement in bursary fraud in the state, to the tune of N50 million