EFCC returns Kwara’s N147m looted funds
TheKwara zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has handed over the sum of N147.7 million recovered from suspected treasury looters to the Kwara government.
The Head of the zonal office, Mr Kazeem Oseni, during the handing over in Ilorin on Friday, said the sum was recovered from contractors, who handled projects of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service.
While saying that N9 million was recovered from officials of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board, he added that the commission recently quizzed officials of the board, including its suspended Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Bayo Onimago, for allegedly including some ghost workers into the payroll.
“In our humble efforts to sanitise the system, we try to investigate all crimes committed in the society and bring the culprits to book.
“We also make sure that stolen assets are returned to the lawful owners.
“We are calling on the state government to utilise this money very well,” Oseni said.
The Kwara Commissioner for Finance, Olasumbo Florence Oyeyemi thanked the EFCC for the recovery.
“I will like to appreciate EFCC for efforts so far.
“The state government had received N111 million and N263 million on two different occasions.
“I want to assure the zonal head and other management staff of the EFCC that we will do our best to utilise the money very well,” the commissioner said.