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Another Buhari's minister dragged to EFCC over N40bn fraud

27 October 2016, 16:31

Abuja- The Ekiti State House of Assembly has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), calling for the investigation and prosecution of the Minister of Solid Minerals and immediate past governor of the state and , Dr Kayode Fayemi and others, for allegedly looting the State to the tune of over N40 billion, Naij reports.

The petition, dated October 24, 2016 and signed by Speaker of the House of Assembly, Pastor Kolawole Oluwawole, was submitted to the EFCC in Abuja today, by the trio of the Deputy Speaker, Hon Segun Adewumi, Chairman House Committee on Information, Dr Samuel Omotoso and Hon Sina Animasaun.

Other people mentioned in the petition are Dapo Kolawole, Yemi Adaramodu, Abiodun Oyebanji, Arc Oyelade (CASA Nig Ltd) and Bayo Kelekun.

The deputy speaker, who addressed pressmen after the petition was submitted, said; “Since EFCC have claimed that the commission does not have any complaint against those holding power in Abuja, we have decided to submit this petition openly so that Nigerians and indeed, the entire world will be able to follow it up and ask questions from the EFCC as to what has happened to it.”

Dr Omotoso, who also corroborated the deputy speaker, disclosed that the petition bordered on 10 major issues, namely; Construction of new civic centre, construction of new governor’s office, mismanagement of the N25bn bond and N5bn commercial bank loan, construction of new government house, diversion of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) N852.9 million, fraudulent purchase of 156 units of Ford vehicles from Coscharis Motors, inflation of road contracts, among others.

The Rivers State Government had earlier accused former Governor and Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi of misappropriating N3 trillion from the coffers of the state in eight years according to News24.

The State Commissioner for Information, Dr. Tam-George who levelled the allegation against Amaechi, remarked that while Amaechi’s administration borrowed N4 billion agricultural loan from the Central Bank with no record of farmer-beneficiaries.

- News 24

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