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Alleged N5bn Diversion: How Kwara IGR Was Shared - FORMER LAWMAKER, PROFESSOR


ILORIN, KWARA STATE, NIGERIA - A revelation has been made as to 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 N5n belonging to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service between 2015 to 2019.

Presently being questioned by the Ilorin Zonal  Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is the immediate past Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service,  Professor Muritala Awodu, a former member of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Moshood Bakare and some staff of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service. 

In specific terms, it was revealed that in the course of investigation, about five companies linked to highly placed Politicians in Kwara State had allegedly benefited about N4bn from the money without any valid contractual agreements with the State Government. 

Others mentioned as beneficiaries include  all the former twenty four members of the Kwara State House of Assembly including the Speaker,  Dr. Ali Ahmad, former Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu, the former Accountant-General of the State and Ishola Sulyman, a Permanent Secretary among others. 

Professor Muritala Awodu was quoted as saying during interrogation that: "The House of Assembly members were collecting N4 million monthly for Public Relations and shared among themselves.

"The former Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu was collecting N5 million, every month without working for it. In fact, Mr Banu collected it in cash, I do take it to his house."

Moshood Bakare, who is former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation and Finance had this to say: "They do send the money, four million naira monthly into the account of my personal assistant who is presently being detained by the EFCC. 

"He will then withdraw the money and give me, I will now hand it over to the Speaker, Dr Ali Ahmad who will now share it to all the honourable members.

"Some Honourable Members do collect the money in cash while some will insist that it the money should be transferred into their accounts."

It was equally learnt that a 
Personal Assistant to the Former Governor of Kwara State, Rafiu Olasile allegedly received the sum of N10m cash from one of the aides to ex-Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation and Finance.

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