- The clerk of the Kwara House of Assembly, Kperogi Jummai, has been arrested
- Jummai was arrested over alleged illegal payment of about N400 million to some members of the House
- During interrogation, the clerk also confirmed that the lawmakers had received the money and that the payment was approved by the state governor
The zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ilorin has arrested the clerk of the Kwara House of Assembly, Kperogi Jummai, over alleged illegal payment of about N400 million to some members of the House.
A statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Tony Orilade, and made available in Ilorin on Tuesday, May 21, said the clerk was being interrogated over the alleged payment which did not follow due process.
According to the statement, all the 25 lawmakers and members of the state Executive Council (SEC) had two weeks ago allegedly received about N400 million as severance gratuity before the expiration of their tenure.
NAN reports that the invitation followed a petition alleging the payment of the sum in spite of the fact that the state government was owing workers about three months salaries.
The anti graft agency also said the petitioner claimed that though the lawmakers and members of SEC were entitled to severance payment, it was the duty of the incoming administration to pay the money.
“He (petitioner) alleged that the state government in their selfish interest quickly paid the money before the expiration of their tenure,’’ the commission said.
The commission also said that in a letter written by the speaker of the House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmed to Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, it was confirmed that the lawmakers were entitled to severance gratuity at the end of their tenure on June 7.
The EFCC said during interrogation, the clerk also confirmed that the lawmakers had received their severance gratuity and that the payment was approved by the governor.
The clerk, according to the statement, claimed that he told the lawmakers that the governor had approved the payment which would be released after the expiration of their tenure of office. He, however, said the House debated the issue and “over ruled me.”
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that the EFCC commenced investigations into the alleged illegal payment of about N400 million to some members of the Kwara state House of Assembly and the state executive council members.
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