Nigeria’s anti-corruption body, the EFCC, says 16 council chairmen arrested in Kwara had confessed to diverting part of a loan sought for salary payment.
Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson for the EFCC, said the council chairman obtained four billion naira loan from a commercial bank on February 7, 2018, but shared N100million of it among themselves. He, also, said the accused promised to refund the money.
The accused are Risikat Opakunle; Saidu Yaru Musa; Umar Belle; Ayeni Dallas; Fatai Adeniyi Garba; Lah Abdulmumeen; Raliat Funmi Salau; Aminat Omodara and Muyiwa Oladipo.
Others are Oladipo Omole; Abdullahi Abubakar Bata; Saka Eleyele; Lateef Gbadamosi; Oni Adebayo Joseph; Omokanye Joshua Olatunji and Jibril Salihu.
Besides, the EFCC is equally accusing the chairmen of diverting 10% of their monthly council’s internally generated revenue into personal use.
The loan request obtained from “Ilorin branch of Sterling bank was meant for paying salary arrears to the state universal basic education board (SUBEB) teachers, local government staff and pensioners”, the statement read.
“The council bosses are now pleading with the EFCC to give them some time that they would pay back what they benefited from government’s money.”
The EFCC said they would be charged to court after the investigations had been concluded.