Kwara EFCC Zonal Head, Isyaku Sharu
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Office has commenced investigations into allegation of fifty million naira bursary fraud made against some management staff of Kwara State Scholarship Board.
Those interrogated by the operatives of the Commission over the case include, the Chairperson of Kwara 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 Kwara State Government in 2017 and 2018 released the sum of one hundred and fifty million naira as bursary allowances for ten thousand students who are indigens of Kwara State in various Tertiary Institutions .
The Commission gathered that the board did not pay up to four thousand Students but fraudulently converted the remaining ones to personal use.
The Petitioners who are Students in some various higher institutions of learning had alleged that their names appeared as beneficiaries of bursary allowances at the Kwara State Scholarship Board but never received the money.
During interrogation with the operatives of the Commission, the Students who sighted their Names, Matriculation Numbers and Signatures became very angry, insisting that the Names and Matriculation Numbers were correct but their signatures were forged.
They claimed not to have been the original beneficiaries of the controversial bursary allowance despite their particulars on the scholarship board documents.
The officials of the board had earlier 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.
As at the time of filing this report, the officials of the board are still being grilled by the operatives of the Commission.