The General Manager, Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale, has been arrested by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations of land fraud.
Adebowale was arrested alongside two staff of the state television authority located in Apata Yakuba Area of Ilorin, the State Capital, and a senior official of Kwara State Bureau of Land.
It could be recalled that the immediate past Governor of Kwara State, AbdulFatah Ahmed, had sometime in 2014 allocated 10 plots of land in the premises of the state television outfit to some of its staff.
In a twist, however, 13 staff of the television station in a petition, dated May 8, 2019, alleged that the General Manager of the television station had sold the 10 plots of land given to them by Ahmed’s government and converted the proceeds to his personal use.
According to them: “Since 2014 to date, the said plots of land were hijacked by the General Manager, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale against the purpose intended by the state government.
“In 2017, the in-house Union of the Corporation Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers started agitation 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.
“The union wrote the Kwara State Bureau of Land, requesting for the allocation papers in a quest to recover the said land, converted by the General Manager as his personal property, but all to no avail.”
Operatives of the Commission discovered by investigations that Adebowale and his son benefited from the plots of land, while the remaining parts of the land were sold to outsiders without the knowledge of the staff to whom they were allocated.
It was also discovered that Adebowale received the allocation papers from the Kwara State Bureau of Land in the names of staff but did not deliver them to the rightful owners.
All the suspects are currently in EFCC’s detention and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.