The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin zone has retrieved the humongous sum of N130 million reportedly stolen from Kwara treasury by previous government officials.
This disclosure was made in a statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Kwara State Governor today in Ilorin, the state capital.
Ajakaye wrote that, “Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq commended the activities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying the anti-graft body has helped to gradually restore some sanity and accountability in public administration in the country.”
AbdulRazaq gave the commendation in Ilorin when the new Ilorin zonal head of the EFCC, Oseni Kazeem paid him a courtesy visit.
In his revelation, Kazeem said a new N130m “looted funds” have been recovered from the previous administration in the state.
The commission had initially recovered and doled out a tranche of looted funds by previous government officials, which, according to the Governor, had helped to stabilise the government when he was inaugurated in May 2019.
The new EFCC boss applauded the Governor for his giant strides and his attempts to bring governance closer to the people, while appreciating his support to restore sanity to the state.
Kazeem vowed to fish out those enmeshed in financial crimes in Kwara State, as he noted that his mission was to deter people from committing economic crimes in the society.
His statement read partly, “We are here (Ilorin) to deter people from committing Economic and Financial Crimes in the society. We all know that crime is inevitable in human society. It is almost impossible not to see criminal elements when two or three are gathered. But the EFCC is here to fish out the criminal elements and deal with them according to the law. The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Umar Muhammed, has directed that we must act according to the provisions of the law and we’ll continue to operate within the ambit of the law.”
The state government has so far received N366,816,691 looted funds from some officials from the previous administration.
Part of the recovered funds earlier returned by the EFCC belonged to the local government areas.