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EFCC arrests GM Kwara TV over land fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office in Kwara state says it has arrested and detained the General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale over an alleged Land fraud.

Alhaji Adebowale was interrogated alongside a Senior official of the Kwara State Bureau of Land and two staff of Kwara State Television Authority located at Apata Yakuba Area of Ilorin, the State Capital.

The EFCC Head of Media and Publicity , Mr Wilson Uwujaren in a statement made available to newsmen in Ilorin said the Immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed, in 2014 allocated ten plots of Land in the premises of the Media outfit to some staffs of Kwara Television.

According to him Thirteen Staffs of the Kwara TV through their petition dated 8th day of May 2019 alleged that the Station General Manager had sold the ten plots of land given by the State Government and converted to his personal use.

Mr Wilson explaned that the staff alleged that “Since 2014 to date, the said plots of land was taken by the General Manager, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale against the purpose intended by the State Government for the Staff of the corporation, In 2017,

He said the in house Union of the Corporation Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers, RATTAWU, started the procedure for the recovery of the land from the General Manager which led to plethora of correspondences between the union and the Office of the Kwara State Head of Service .

Mr Wilson maitained that the staff said the Union wrote the Kwara State Bureau Land requesting for the allocation paper to recover the said Land converted by the General Manager as his personal property, but all to no avail .

He said the operatives of the Commission during investigations discovered that the suspect and his son benefited from the land while the remaining ones were sold to outsiders without the knowledge of the staff.

Mr wilson said It was also gathered that the Kwara State Television boss received the allocation papers in the names of staff but did not deliver the documents to the original owners.

He said all the Suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are completed.

Ali Rabiu