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Ex-Kwara gov Ahmed chartered private jets with N1.6bn, says EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had revealed how the former governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed, allegedly chartered private jets with the sum of N1,610,730,500.00 meant for the security and running cost of the Government of Kwara State.

EFCC, in a document made available to a PUNCH’s correspondent on Thursday.

The anti-graft agency will arraign Ahmed today before the Federal High Court in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, for N10bn allegedly diverted during his term.

The former governor will be facing 12 counts.

The EFCC stated, “Ahmed (while being the Governor of Kwara State) between 2015 and 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this honourable court used an aggregate sum of N1,610,730,500, property of Kwara State Government, meant for the security and running cost of the Government of Kwara State, to charter private jets through Travel Messengers Limited on different occasions for your local travels and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust or theft.”

Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, the Chief Press Secretary to the ex-governor, criticised Ahmed’s detention, saying that he had been given stringent bail conditions.

He said, “Yes, he is still with the EFCC, and we are now in a dilemma over the issue because they keep changing the goalpost during the match. The case is taking a new dimension, which we don’t really understand for now. Initially, they said they wanted him to produce two sureties who are federal directors. The sureties came and were asked to provide landed properties in Abuja. We see this as a contradiction. The case was initially handled by the EFCC office in Abuja before it was transferred to Ilorin over the issue of jurisdiction. Additionally, he has been denied access to his doctors, medication, and direct access to his cook.”

 

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