- Abdulfatah Ahmed, the immediate past governor of Kwara state has been released by the EFCC
- The ex-governor was quizzed by the operatives of the EFCC on Tuesday, over alleged fraud
- Ahmed said he was asked questions as regards some financial transactions that took place when he was a commissioner in the state
A former governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has explained why he visited the headquarter of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja.
Legit.ng reports that Ahmed said he was not arrested or grilled over alleged N9 billion fraud as reported in a section of the media.
He stated that he was invited to shed light on a certain contract awarded by the state government while he was the commissioner of finance under former governor Bukola Saraki.
Ahmed made the clarification on his Twitter page, adding that he had since been released on bail.
Part of his tweet read:
“I was not accused of any wrongdoing. Neither was I questioned about any N9 billion transaction. I have since been granted bail.”
It would be recalled that Ahmed's arrest was said to not be unconnected to his alleged diversion of $9 billion from the coffers of the Kwara state government between 2001 and 2019.
The EFCC head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, had confirmed that the former governor responded to the commission’s invitation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ahmed was invited by the anti-graft agency for interrogation.
It was reported that the former governor in a tweet on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, said he honoured the invitation of the zonal office of EFCC in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.
The former governor noted that the invitation was to clarify specific transactions and decisions taken while steering the ship of the state.
Ahmed’s successor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, had inaugurated panels to probe the sales of state-owned properties and assets starting from 1999.