The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it prevented officials of the immediate past Kwara State government from withdrawing N10 billion from the state’s account between May 24 to May 29.
Isyaku Sharu, EFCC’s Zonal Head, made the disclosure to journalists on Tuesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to Sharu, the officials attempted to withdraw the money following the payment of allocation funds to states by the Federal Government.
He said: “It has always been a tradition in the country, except to macroscopic few, that whenever any government is exiting, it will indulge in mass pilferage as the last minute golden opportunity.
“Hence, our resolve to mount surveillance on all Kwara state government accounts between May, 24 and 29, 2019, when the states received federal account allocation committee (FAAC), joint account and allocation committee (JAAC), value-added tax (VAT) and tax refund from the federal government to the tune of about N10 billion.
“I can authoritatively tell you that we saved the state last-minute attempted misappropriation of those billions.”
Noting that corruption is the greatest vice affecting Nigeria currently, Sharu said the anti-graft agency is investigating the properties of some civil servants in the state.
The EFCC Zonal Head said: “You will agree with me that official corruption is the greatest killer as officials who ordinarily supposed to guard and protect state resources turned out to misappropriate them.
“To this end, the commission beams its searchlight on the state officials and on a credible tip-off, the commission is currently investigating 15 properties in choice areas within Ilorin metropolis. The properties range from hotels, filling stations, residential accommodation to microfinance banks.
“It will shock you to hear that the alleged owners are civil servants, whose earning per month is not more than 90 per cent. Some have confessed to the commission and the matter is in court. In fact, we discovered about N3 billion in the accounts of two of them, who are not up to assistant directors in the ministry.”