The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Sulaiman Ishola, accountant-general of Kwara state, and five others for allegedly setting aside N1.5 billion for vote buying.
The anti-graft agency confirmed the arrest of six suspects by its Ilorin Zonal Office over the withdrawal of the money.
Those arrested and currently being interrogated include, Commissioner for Finance Nurudeen Banu; Accountant -General Sulaiman Ishola; Commissioner for Water Resources Yusuf Abdulkadir; Head of Service Susan Modupe Oluwole; Special Adviser Commissioner for Energy, Eleja Taiwo Banu; Chief of Staff, Abdulwahab Yusuf; officials of the Secretary to the State Government, and those of the Government House.
“Investigations by EFCC operatives revealed that the said money was withdrawn from the state’s account domiciled with Sterling Bank.”
The report said the withdrawals were uncovered after operatives acted on a petition by a non-governmental organisation, the Kwara Coalition for Good Governance and Accountability, asking for the probe of over N1bn loan that the government secured from a bank a few days before the general elections.
Hassan Omoiya, secretary general of the organisation, noted that intelligence had it that the state government obtained the loan on February 13 from a bank, using the remittance of Kwara State VAT allocation due in February and March 2019 as collateral.