- The EFCC is probing the alleged mismanagement of N22 billion London-Paris Club refund under Kwara state's ex-governor Abdulfatah Ahmed
- The anti-graft commission has seized the passports of 34 top officials who served under the ex-governor and placed 10 on watch-list to prevent them from fleeing the country
- The commission's boss, Magu, has also sought the cooperation of the immigration to ensure the officials under investigation do not get new passports
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly seized the passports of 34 top officials who served under former Kwara state governor Abdulfatah Ahmed over an alleged N22 billion London-Paris Club refund.
According to The Nation, 10 of the officials have been placed on watch-list to prevent them from fleeing the country.
Legit.ng gathers that the N22 billion covers the N21 billion drawn from the refund and the N1 billion allegedly intercepted by the EFCC during the February/March elections.
There are four cases on alleged mismanagement of billions of naira by some ex-office holders in the state.
A source who spoke to The Nation under anonymity said: “There are monumental cases of fraud already uncovered in Kwara state during the tenure of the ex-governor. We may need to call for reinforcement to be able to conduct the different dimensions of the ongoing probe.
“So far, we have seized the international passports of 34 former commissioners and top government functionaries during the administration of ex-Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
“Out of the 34, about 10 former officers have been watch-listed to prevent them from escaping abroad. And if they travel out, we can effect their arrest in any jurisdiction.
“The list of the short-listed suspects has been sent to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to prevent them from acquiring new passports.”
Also, EFCC’s head of media and publicity Tony Orilade in a statement released on Wednesday, July 17, said the agency’s Ilorin zonal office “has submitted the particulars of individuals on its watch-list and under investigations in the state to the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Kwara state command".
The statement quoted Acting EFCC Chairman Ibrahim Magu as saying those whose passports were seized had been trying to procure police reports to deceive the NIS to issue them new passports.
Magu made this known through the Ilorin zonal head of the commission Isyaku Sharu during a visit by the comptroller of immigration service, Kwara state command, Edith Onyemenam.
Responding, Onyemenam said there was no cause for alarm over those on the watch-list, pledging that they would not get new international passports.
Meanwhile, Ilorin zonal office of the EFCC has 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.
EFCC spokesman Orilade made this known in a statement on Tuesday, May 21, in Abuja.
The anti-graft agency is interrogating the secretary to the state government, Sola Gold, and the clerk of the state House of Assembly, Kperogi Jummai, over the alleged payment which reportedly did not follow due process.
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