The Kwara Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has handed over N147.7 million recovered from suspected treasury looters to the Kwara State Government.
The handover was made at the Government House in Ilorin on Friday.
The Head of the Zonal Office, Kazeem Oseni, said during the handover that the sum was recovered from contractors who handled projects of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service.
According to Oseni, N9 million was recovered from officials of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board.
He said the commission recently quizzed officials of the board, including its suspended Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Bayo Onimago, for allegedly including some ghost workers into the payroll.
He said the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Umar Abba Muhammed, approved that the recovered sum should be returned to the Kwara State Government.
Oseni urged the state government to use the money for the wellbeing of the people.
He said: “In our humble efforts to sanitise the system, we try to investigate all crimes committed in the society and bring the culprits to book.
“We also make sure that stolen assets are returned to the lawful owners.
“We are calling on the state government to utilise this money very well.”
Oseni promised that the commission would recover more money for both the state government and individuals cheated in one way or the other.
The Kwara State Commissioner for Finance, Olasumbo Florence Oyeyemi, while receiving the sum, thanked the EFCC for the recovery, and promised that the government would use the money for the development of the state.
Oyeyemi said: “I will like to appreciate EFCC for efforts so far.
“The state government had received N111 million and N263 million on two different occasions.
“I want to assure the zonal head and other management staff of the EFCC that we will do our best to utilise the money very well.”