EFCC fingers Kwara NUT chairman, others in alleged N31m fraud

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By Ibraheem Solaudeen.

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday gave vivid account of how some officials of the Kwara State government allegedly diverted the sum of N31 million meant for the payment of about 400 teachers in the state.

Among those fingered as beneficiaries of the diverted funds are the State Chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Salihu Idris Toyin; Permanent Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Bayo Audu Onimago; Director of Finance, SUBEB, Ahmed Husain; the State NUT Cordinator, Tijani Idris; and the SUBEB Controller of Finance, Omole John.

While explaining how the funds were shared, the anti-graft agency quoted the State NUT Chairman to have said: “The sum of N12 million was paid into an account operated by me and others.

“The money was actually not supposed to come. When the cash hit the account,  I withdrew it and gave it to SUBEB officials, who gave us N3 million for free and we shared it among ourselves.

“We also received another N19 million. I withdrew N4 million from it. I also used N1.5 million for clearing and interlocking of our quarters. The remaining N2.5 million is still with me.”

When quizzed further on the resources spent on ‘clearing and interlocking’, Salihu disclosed that there were no receipts for the transaction.

The EFCC, which had earlier announced the discovery of about 1,000 ghost workers allegedly smuggled into the SUBEB payroll, added that the suspects would be arraigned upon conclusion of investigation.

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