N5 billion scandal: Ex-Speaker, KWSG in war of words

The prompt past Speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, has acquitted the state’s eighth Assembly of a claimed N5 billion extortion leveled against the legislators before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The ex-Speaker made the explanation in an announcement made accessible to newsmen Tuesday evening in Ilorin.

“The eighth Kwara State of House of Assembly or myself didn’t contrive with anybody to cheat N5 billion or some other sum having a place with the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service,” he expressed.

“Administrator, House advisory group on Finance and Appropriation, Mashud Bakare, legitimately gathered cash from the income administration,” including that, “without preference to his culpability, he has since consulted as per the general inclination of the commission to discount the sum in question, not on the grounds that a wrongdoing was submitted but since he needed back his tranquility.

“All through the lifetime of the eighth Assembly, all boards of trustees had full freedom in regards to their tasks and assets the executives as per the Standing Rules of the House.

“Let me likewise place on record that as previous open authorities, my partners and I are prepared whenever, anyplace and under the steady gaze of any legal individual or power to make ourselves accessible for examination,” the announcement said.

The previous Speaker asked the Kwara State Government to tactfully lead a legal review of the past organization in the state.

When reached, EFCC Zonal Manager in Ilorin, Isiaku Sharu, said the Commission was not prepared to get gives together with any government official.

The Kwara State Government on Wednesday, in a quick response to previous Speaker Ahmad over his remark that the administration unjustifiably blamed him and his associates for taking the till, gave the accompanying explanation:

“Our consideration is attracted to an announcement tonight by previous Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, in which he, in addition to other things, blamed the state government for chasing the restriction or blaming individuals for the eighth Assembly of siphoning cash,” Rafiu Ajakaye, representative for the Governor, said in the announcement.

“A cautious perusing of our announcement indicated that we neither denounced him nor the previous House individuals from misappropriation. The EFCC did. Also, we know that the counter join organization, consistent with its position, has begun recuperating taken open assets from PDP chamber individuals and House of Assembly individuals.

“Additionally, the Kwara open has been around sufficiently long to recognize political witch-chase, badgering of disputes, and a reasonable endeavor to make authorities completely responsible for their deeds through legitimate methods.

“At last, we thus acknowledge the demand Ahmad has tossed at this organization. We will direct a careful examination concerning the exercises of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) and make open our discoveries about what really went down in the period under talk.”

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