How Kwara Governor, Speaker escaped EFCC investigation

Posted by News Express | 8 December 2019 | 1,527 times

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• Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak

 More facts emerged at the weekend on how Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak of Kwara State and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yakubu Salisu Danladi, escaped being implicated in the ongoing probe into the N200 million allegedly shared among some aides of the governor by the former chairman of the Kwara Inland Revenue Service (KWIRS), Prof. Murtala Awodun.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had invited the Chief of Staff to Governor Abdulrazak, Alhaji Aminu Logun, because Awodun had claimed that he gave him some money to help influence the extension of his tenure as KWIRS chairman.

This was shortly after Logun was named the chairman of the Transition Committee 2019 and was believed to have some influence on the then governor-elect. Logun has since refuted the allegation.

Although Governor Abdulrazak was said to be in the dark about the deal, Awodun actually approached Danladi for assistance because of his closeness to the governor.

But, Danladi was said to have rejected the offer because that would have prevented him from becoming the Assembly Speaker.

A source in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state said those linking AbdulRazaq to the alleged corruption were “either mischievous or were not thinking through their utterances.”

“If Awodun had indeed given money to AbdulRazaq for election as is being alleged, why would the same governor not retain him as KWIRS chairman as a payback? And how can anyone even think that such a thing can ever happen in a parastatal where Senator Bukola Saraki had so many grips?

“What happened was that Awodun was trying to remain there and he met with anybody who he felt could help him,” he said.


(Sunday Independent)



Source: News Express

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