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EFCC Grills Kwara Scholarship Board Chairperson, 5 others over N150 million Bursary Allowance Fraud

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EFCC Grills Kwara Scholarship Board Chairperson, 5 others over N150 million Bursary Allowance Fraud

EFCC Grills Kwara Scholarship Board Chairperson, 5 others over N150 million Bursary Allowance Fraud
August 22
14:38 2019
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin zonal office has grilled the chairperson of the Kwara state scholarship board,Hajia Fatimoh Yusuf and five other members of the board over an alleged mismanagement of N150million  bursary allowances to the students in the state.
Those interrogated by the  operatives of the Commission over the case include,  the Chairperson of the state Scholarship Board, Hajia Fatimoh Yusuf,  The Executive Secretary of the Board,  Mr Fatai Lamidi and the Board’s Accountant, Mr Stephen Ajewole among others.
It was gathered that the  State government in 2017 and 2018 released the sum of N150million as bursary allowances for 10,000  students who are indigenes of  State in various tertiary institutions but allegedly diverted by the senior officials of the board.
Sources close to the EFCC said that,the affected senior officials of the board  did not pay up to 4,000 students but allegedly  converted the remaining balance  to their  personal use.
Sources added that, the petitioners who were  students in some various higher institutions of learning  alleged  that their names appeared as beneficiaries of bursary allowances at the  State Scholarship Board but never received the money.
The development according to THISDAY checks prompted the  EFCC to invite the affected  students  who sighted their names,  matriculation numbers and signatures for interrogation.
It was further learnt that, the students alleged that  their  names and matriculation numbers were correct but their signatures were allegedly forged to collect their bursary allowances.
They claimed not to have been the original beneficiaries of the controversial bursary allowance despite their particulars on the scholarship board documents.
Upon the anti-graft body  invitation and interrogation of the affected senior officials of the board on the allegations raised against them by the students,the officials of the board told the operatives of the anti graft body that the students were issued  cheques  but the commission discovered that only few beneficiaries were given cash.
Confirming the development,  the zonal Public Relations Officer of the EFCC, Mr. Gbenga Adewoye   said that,  “the officials of the board are still being grilled by the operatives of the Commission”.

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