Lagos - The fraud case against Kwara State
Commissioner for Information, Prince Olatunji Oyeyemi Moronfoye, and Ope
Saraki, cousin to Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kwara State and Senior
Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals to Governor
Abdulfatah Ahmed, has been adjourned to later this year.
They appeared before Justice Faji of the Federal High Court,
Ilorin for offences bordering on abuse of office, awarding contracts to
cronies, diversion of public funds and money laundering.
Moronfoye was docked on a three count charge while Saraki
who was arraigned alongside his companies: Cogent Integrated Service
Nigeria Limited and Ladida Support Service Limited were arraigned
separately on a five count charge.
Moronfoye while being the Senior Special Adviser to the
former governor allegedly used his position to enrich himself.
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Specifically, he allegedly awarded contracts to the tune of
over N200 million for the renovation of Ijagbo Primary Health Centre
and Specialist Hospitals within the State, to a company in which
he has interest and was the sole signatory to the account.
Saraki, it is alleged, similarly abused his office and
laundered state funds for his personal benefit by awarding inflated
contracts to companies owned by his cronies.
In one of the transactions involving the purchase of
Ambulance Buses for hospitals in the state, Saraki duped the people of Kwara
State by procuring thirteen Hiace buses from a ³Local Car Dealer² and
converting them to ambulance in place of factory built ambulance for
which a contract of N171,9 million was awarded to Chemiroy Nigeria
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge when it
was read to them.
The case has been adjourned to September 22 and October 20 respectively, for hearing.
- CAJ News