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Kwara ex-Speaker speaks on ‘involvement’ in 5bn fraud

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The Immediate past Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, has absolved the state’s 8th Assembly of alleged N5 billion fraud levelled against the lawmakers by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had uncovered how 24 ex-lawmakers of Kwara House of Assembly, Ex-Commissioner for Finance, Ademola Banu and some companies allegedly swindled the state of about N5 billion.

But the ex-Speaker denied his involvement in in a statement made available to newsmen in llorin on Tuesday.

He said he did not conspire with other lawmakers to swindle alleged N5billion.

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The statement read: “The 8th Kwara State of House of Assembly or myself did not conspire with anyone to swindle N5 billion or any other amount belonging to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service.

“Mr Masud Bakare, Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during the eight assembly, legally collected money from the revenue service for all Ex-members.

“Throughout the lifetime of the 8th Assembly, all committees had full independence regarding their operations and funds management in accordance with the Standing Rules of the House.

“Let me also place on record that as Ex-public officials, my colleagues and I are ready anytime, anywhere and before any lawful person or authority to make ourselves available for scrutiny.”

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The Ex-speaker urged the Kwara State Government to discreetly conduct forensic audit of the past administration in the state.

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