EFCC detains 16 Kwara LG council chairmen over misappropriation of public funds

By Abdul Laro November 1, 2019

The embattled sixteen local councils chairmen in Kwara State may spend the weekend at the Ilorin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, as they are currently under interrogation by the anti-graft agency for alleged misappropriation of part of the N4b loan and ten percent of the state internally generated revenue.

The local government bosses included: Risikat Opakunle, Saidu Yaru Musa, Umar Belle, Ayeni Dallas, Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Lah Abdulmimeen, Raliat Funmi Salau, Aminat Omodara, Muyiwa Oladipo.

Others are, Oladipo Omole, Abdullahi Abubakar Bata, Saka Eleyele, Lateef Gbadamosi, Oni Adebayo Joseph,Omokanye Joshua Olatunji and Jibril Salihu.

Reportedly, the councils chiefs after securing the controversial loans, allegedly held a meeting and decided that one hundred million naira be shared among themselves.

The chairmen had on February 7, 2018, written a four billion naira loan request to the Ilorin Sterling bank manager in order to pay the salary arrears of the state Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, teachers, local government staff and the local government pensioners while the provisions for one hundred million naira was not appropriated in the loan request.

The embattled chairmen were accused of diverting monthly ten percent of the internally generated revenue for their personal use which was paid directly into their personal accounts against the financial regulations.

All the suspects while undergoing interrogation by the operatives of the commission, admitted that the one hundred million naira was shared from the loan and also received ten percent of the internally generated revenue.

They are pleading with the commission to give them time to pay back what they benefitted from government’s money, but we’re still in the custody of the EFCC as at the time of filing this report.

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