- Commissioner of finance and the accountant general of Kwara have been detained by the EFCC
- Nurudeen Banu and Sulaiman Ishola are being held over N1 billion fund received few days to the election
- A group in Kwara had asked the EFCC to probe the over N1billion loan the state government secured from a bank a few days before the general elections
The Kwara state commissioner of finance, Nurudeen Banu, and the accountant general of the state, Sulaiman Ishola, have been detained over investigations into alleged slush funds for 2019 elections.
According to reports, they are being held at the Ilorin, Kwara state Zonal head office of the anti-graft agency to explain the utilization of over N1 billion fund received from a commercial bank a few days to the election, Daily Trust reports.
It was learnt that the commissioner of finance and the accountant general of the state are being held to explain why the money was received and how it was disbursed.
The news medium reports that Kwara Coalition for Good Governance and Accountability (KWARA-CGGA) urged the EFCC to probe the over N1 billion loan the state government secured from a bank a few days before the general elections.
The group said: “We urge the EFCC and indeed the federal ministry of finance to determine the appropriateness of utilization of credit facility of N1 billion by Kwara State Government at the twilight of general election.
“The status of VAT Account as collateral for the credit facility in the absence of prior approval and authorization from Debt Management Office and Federal Ministry of Finance in tandem with extant laws and regulation on granting of loan to state governments.
“It is our expectation that your investigation will extend to individuals and corporate institutions that participated in the unwholesome act with a view of prosecuting the affected individuals and institutions with attendant cost and penalty."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Orji Kalu, the senator-elect, Abia North senatorial district said President Muhammadu Buhari deserved his re-election as he took Nigeria to enviable heights since he assumed office on May 29, 2015.
Kalu commended the achievements of the federal government under Buhari, describing them as unbeatable and remarkable.
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Legit.ng notes that while acknowledging the goodwill of the president, the former governor of Abia, called on politicians to emulate his worthy qualities.
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