By Ibraheem Solaudeen.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to return another N200m recovered from treasury looters to the Kwara State government.
This was disclosed by the State Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who led a marathon anti-corruption walk in Ilorin on Friday.
According to Governor Abdulrazaq, the state government has been invited by the anti-graft agency to receive the latest recovered funds, having earlier been issued the sum of N112m reclaimed from corrupt officials in the state by the EFCC.
Speaking at the end of the two-hour walk, which was tagged “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption”, Abdulrazaq commended the commission for making tremendous progress in the fight against graft in the state, while reiterating the need to extinguish corruption in the country.
He said, “We have been walking the talk, now we are walking in support of the war (against corruption). The message is very clear: kill corruption or it will kill us all.
“We have to do the right thing and be cautious. We have seen what has happened to those that have been in (this) position before us. Nobody wants to live office and be going to EFCC’s office daily.
“So, we will do the right thing in Kwara State state. We appreciate the EFCC, they had earlier given us over N100million. They have invited us (again) to collect another N200m (recovered looted funds); they have made a lot of progress.”
In his remarks, the Zonal Head of the EFCC, Mr Isyaku Sharu disclosed that the agency has recorded 48 convictions and recovered at least N8.5bn in cash and properties in Kwara since it began operation in 2019.
Sharu added that the agency was also probing the alleged diversion of over N3bn from the controversial Light Up Kwara project.
“We are also on top of the case of Light Up Kwara where over three billion naira was allegedly diverted. Part of the diverted fund was used to buy a property in Guzape Abuja. Some recoveries were also made”, he said.
Governor Abdulrazaq was joined in the walk by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Salihu Yakubu Danladi; the EFCC Zonal Head, Isyaku Sharu; State Coordinator of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), Esther Ikupolati; members of the State Assembly; hundreds of members of the NYSC; artisans; and civil society organizations.