ICPC detains 4 ex-Kogi commissioners over N11.3b fraud

- Four former commissioners in Kogi state have been detained by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)

- The suspects are being probed for alleged misapplication of government funds and abuse of office

- The ICPC said they must fulfill the administrative bail conditions granted them before they could be released

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission on Thursday, November 30, said it has arrested and detained four former commissioners in Kogi state.

The Nation reports that the affected commissioners were detained for alleged N11.3billion fraud.

Legit.ng gathered that they served during the administration of former Kogi state governor Idris Ichalla Wada.

The ex-commissioners are Kayode Olowomoran (Culture and Tourism), Abdulrahman Wuya (Transport), Onama Godwin (Works) and Alh. Aju (Budget and Planning).

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According to a statement issued by Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, the spokesperson of ICPC, ''The former commissioners were arrested after ICPC commenced investigations into allegations that the suspects, acting in connivance with the former governor, former accountant-general, Ibrahim Idakwo and a former Permanent Secretary in the state ministry of commerce, Frank Onoja, had obtained a N2billion small and medium enterprises loan from the central bank of Nigeria on behalf of the state which was misapplied.

The statement: ''Preliminary investigations by the commission also revealed that the suspects allegedly partook in the mismanagement of another N8 billion bond that was raised to fund 57 projects across the state.

''The large sums of monies released for the projects were allegedly far beyond the levels of work done.

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''Furthermore, the suspects are alleged to have benefited from illegal deductions to the tune of N1.3 billion made from the funds of 21 local government councils of the state by the same administration.

''As investigations continue, the suspects will remain in custody until they fulfill the administrative bail conditions granted them by the commission.''

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