Alleged diversion of #5b Kwara IGR, Awodun, 24 former lawmakers, ex-gov Abdulfatah Ahmed’s aide narrate the sharing formula
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on November 23, 2019
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has uncovered how the twenty four ex lawmakers of the Kwara State House of Assembly, the immediate past Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu and some companies allegedly swindled about five billion naira belonging to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service between 2015 to 2019.
The immediate past Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, Professor Muritala Awodun, A former member of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr. Moshood Bakare and some staff of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service are presently being interogated by the operatives of the Commission.
It was discovered during investigations that about five companies linked to highly placed Politicians in Kwara State benefited about four billion naira from the money without any valid contractual agreements with the State Government.
Other beneficiaries in the monies include, all the former twenty four members of the Kwara State House of Assembly including the speaker, Doctor Ali Ahmad, former Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu, ex Kwara State Accountant General, Ishola Sulyman, Permanent Secretaries among others.
A staff of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service while being interrogated by the operatives of the Commission said the house of assembly members were collecting four million naira monthly for public relations and shared among themselves
According to him, the former Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu was collecting five million naira every months without working for it, alleging that Mr Banu collect it in cash in his house, and if the money was not taken to his home, he won’t approve anything document take to him.
On his part, Mr. Bakare, a former Chairman of House Committee on appropriation and finance said they sent four million naira monthly into the account of his personal assistant who is presently being detained by the EFCC, who will then withdraw the money and give it to him.
He said the money was always handed over to the Speaker, Doctor Ali Ahmad monthly who will now share it to all the members.
He further stated that some Members collect the money in cash, while some will insist that the money should be transferred into their accounts.
It was further discovered that a Personal Assistant to the Former Governor of Kwara State, Rafiu Olasile received the sum of ten million naira cash from one of the aides to ex Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation and Finance.
By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya