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N14bn loan: EFCC detains 16 Kwara LG chairmen


The Kwara State Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has detained 16 local government chairmen suspended by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

They allegedly misappropriated N4bn loan and 10 per cent of the state’s internally generated revenue.
   

   
The local government chairmen arrested on Friday included Risikat Opakunle, Saidu Yaru Musa, Umar Belle, Ayeni Dallas, Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Lah Abdulmumeen, 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.

   

    The EFCC in a statement by Head of its Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the commission gathered that the council chairmen, after securing the loans, held a meeting and decided that N100m of it be shared among themselves.

According to the EFCC, the council bosses had, on February 7, 2018, written to the Ilorin branch manager of Sterling Bank requesting a N4bn loan to pay the salary arrears of the State Universal Basic Education Board teachers, local government staff and the local government pensioners, while the provisions for N100m for council chairmen were not appropriated in the request.
   

   
It alleged that the council chairmen were also accused of diverting monthly 10 per cent of the internally generated revenue for their personal use, which was paid directly into their personal accounts.

The EFCC said the politicians were still being held in custody and might spend the weekend there.

It said they would be charged to court after the investigations had been concluded. Punch

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