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Kwara used N15bn security votes to settle those hanging around the governors, EFCC reveals

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed how past governments of Kwara State, spent a total sum of N15 billion, which they collected as security votes in 15-years.

According to the Zonal Head of the anti-graft agency in Kwara State, Mr Isyaku Sharu, the security votes were collected between the year 2003 and 2018.

Sharu who revealed that much during the 26th edition of the Media Parliament Lecture of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists held in Ilorin on Wednesday, said that the funds were spent to settle security personnel, who used to hang around the governors.

He also added that the EFCC was established in Kwara by Ibrahim Magu due to several complaints of corruption in the state.

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“The complaints became so loud towards the end of 2018 that the Acting Executive Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had to create the Ilorin zonal office of the commission to look into the long standing persistent economic and financial crimes issues in the state.

“It is noteworthy that Kwara State is one of the first states in Nigeria created as far back as May 27, 1967. Although the state has had several leaders, it has over the years not maximised its potentials largely due to the alleged cases of mismanagement and embezzlement of States resources,” he added.

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