BREAKING: EFCC Grills Ex-Kwara Governor Over Alleged N9bn Fraud, Details Emerge

BREAKING: EFCC Grills Ex-Kwara Governor Over Alleged N9bn Fraud, Details Emerge

  • The former governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has landed in the Ilorin office of the EFCC
  • He is currently being interrogated over corruption allegations during his time as governor of the state
  • The EFCC head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that the former governor responded to the commission’s invitation

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Kwara state, Ilorin - A former governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, is being quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over multi-billion naira transactions during his time as leader of the state.

EFCC, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara state governor
Former Gov Ahmed is under serious interrogation over alleged N9bn fraud diversion during his tenure in Kwara state. Photo credit: Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
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Ahmed was seen arriving at the Ilorin office of the anti-graft agency on Monday morning, February 19.

Channels Television reported that the EFCC invited the former governor, and he is currently answering questions as to how these monies under his administration were spent.

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A source told The Nation that:

“For the past seven hours, he has been in the interrogation room, writing statements.
“Though details of the case are still sketchy as of press time, I think it is connected to how funds to the tune of about N9 billion were diverted from the coffers of Kwara state government during his tenure as governor of Kwara state between 2011 and 2019.”

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC head of media and publicity, disclosed that the former governor responded to the commission’s invitation. Uwujaren, however, declined further details.

Ahmed was governor of the north-central state between May 2011 and May 2019 before he handed over to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, but the EFCC has reopened his corruption case file.

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Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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