Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have interrogated the Chairperson of the Kwara State Scholarship Board, Hajiya Fatimoh Yusuf, over allegations bordering on N150 million fraud.
Also interrogated by the operatives attached to the Ilorin Zoanl office of the anti-graft agency, were the Executive Secretary, Mr Fatai Lamidi as well as the Board’s Accountant, Mr Stephen Ajewole.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday, said that the state government had, between 2017 and 2018, released the sum of N150 million as bursary allowance for 10,000 students of Kwara origin across various tertiary institutions.
Uwujaren said in the course of investigation, it was allegedly gathered that the bursary allowance was paid to less than 4,000 students, while the balance was “converted to personal use”.
His words: “The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office has commenced investigations into allegation of one hundred and fifty million naira bursary fraud made against some management staff of Kwara State Scholarship Board.
“As part of the investigation, operatives of the have interrogated officials of the Board, including the Chairperson, Hajia Fatimoh Yusuf, The Executive Secretary, Mr Fatai Lamidi and the Board’s Accountant, Mr Stephen Ajewole, among others.
“It was gathered that the Kwara State Government in 2017 and 2018 released the sum of one hundred and fifty million naira as bursary allowance for ten thousand students in various tertiary institutions who are indigenes of Kwara State.
“The Commission gathered that the board did not pay up to four thousand students but fraudulently converted the balance to personal use.”