EFCC Recovers Billions, Stolen Assets From 20 Kwara Govt Officials
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], Ilorin Zone, has recovered billions of Naira as well as 15 choice properties stolen by officials of the immediate past government of Kwara State.
The recovery followed an investigation into the activities of the twenty officials by EFCC, Ilorin Zone, which comprises of Kwara, Ekiti and Kogi States.
Speaking at a news conference in Ilorin, the state capital on Tuesday, head of the zone, Mr Ishaku Shari, said the properties are located in choice Areas of Ilorin metropolis.
The investigated and recovered properties include hotels, filling stations, residential accommodat on and micro-finance outfits.
Mr. Shari said: “The affected senior officials ranging in status from assistant directors, accountant, to treasurers among others, and whose monthly salaries are not more than N90,000.”
“You will agree with me that official corruption is the greatest killer as those officials who ordinarily are supposed to guard and protect state resources have turned out to misappropriate it.
“To this end, the commission beamed its searchlight on the Kwara state officials and on a credible tip-off the commission is currently investigating over 15 properties in choice areas within Ilorin metropolis ranging from hotels, filling stations, residential accommodation, micro-finance among others.
“It will shock you to hear that the alleged owners are civil servants whose salary per month is not more than N90,000. Some have confessed and the matter is in court,” Shari hinted.
The Zonal head told newsmen that the commission successfully intercepted billions of naira that the last administration allegedly wanted to pilfer few days to its exit.
He noted that it has always been a tradition in the country except microscopic few that whenever any government is exiting, it will indulge in mass pilferage as the last minute golden opportunity.
That, he said, prompted them mount surveillance on all Kwara State government accounts between 24th and 29th May,2019, when the state received FAAC, JAAC, VAT and tax refund from the Federal government to the tune of N10 billion.
“I can authoritatively tell you that we saved the state last minute attempted financial misappropriation of those billions.”
Mr. Shari said also that since the commission commenced operations in Ilorin in December 2018, N50m cash had been recovered from fraudsters based on petitions and the money returned to the real owners.
“These include recoveries from some state legislators who allegedly duped some people. The commission also has over N200m on interim forfeiture,” he added.
He said the commission was fighting internet fraudsters in the zone to a standstill as 29 cases had been charged to both state and federal high courts while 15 of the cases in courts had been convicted, with their exotic cars and monies running into millions of naira in their bank accounts forfeited to the Federal government.
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