Diversion of N10b: EFCC detains ex-Kwara governor

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to arraign former Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

It is in connection with an alleged diversion of over N10billion.

Ahmed yesterday honoured the anti-graft agency’s invitation at the Ilorin zonal office following which he was grilled again by investigators.

It was the third time the ex-governor was facing interrogation in connection with the matter.

He was first invited on December 8, 2020.

The agency, it was learnt, conceded to Ahmed’s request to report voluntarily.

A source at the agency said yesterday: “The ex-governor was questioned on the diversion and mismanagement of N10billion funds of the Kwara State Government during his tenure as governor between 2011 and 2019.

“It is about alleged diversion, misappropriation of funds and money laundering. We have been on this investigation since 2019.

“We reached out to the ex-governor and we asked him to report to Ilorin Office because of jurisdiction. That was where he allegedly committed the offence.

“The ex-governor voluntarily reported to the EFCC’s office in Ilorin. There was no basis for arresting him.”

The source added: “We are trying to tidy up the investigation ahead of the arraignment of the ex-governor before the Federal High Court in Ilorin.

“We want to avert recourse to frivolous applications on jurisdiction which may drag for some time. We will put the ex-governor on trial in Kwara State.

“We have detained the former governor to enable him to respond to some issues.”

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An official statement on the interrogation of the former governor was being expected last night before press time.

Ahmed’s spokesman, Wahab Oba, who confirmed the development, described the former governor’s visit to the EFCC as routine.

Oba said: “He was invited and he honoured them as he has always done.

“He’s always ready to respond to any query or question regarding his tenure as a governor of the state.

“There’s nothing unusual about the invitation and his honouring the anti-graft agency’s invitation.”

Ahmed was governor from May 29, 2011, to May 29, 2019.

He earned a B.Sc in Chemistry (1986) and a Master of Business Administration (1992) from the University of Ilorin.

He was a lecturer in Organic Chemistry and later Acting Head of the Department at the Federal College of Arts and Science, Sokoto (1986–1990).

He became an Assistant Manager at District Savings and Loans, Lagos (1991–1993).

In 1993, he joined Guaranty Trust Bank. In 1998, he moved to Societe Generale Bank Nigeria as a Senior Manager/Group Head of Consumer Banking.

He later became the Public Sector Group Head for the Northwest region.

Ahmed served as Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development from 2003 to 2009 under Bukola Saraki. He later became Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development.

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