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Court grants former Kwara governor ₦50m bail

A former Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfattah Ahmed, has been granted bail by a Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin in the sum of ₦50,000,000 (N50M) with two sureties with landed properties in Ilorin, the state capital.

Also, the court ruled that Ahmed must deposit his international passport with the court registrar among other conditions.

The former governor was arraigned on Friday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) following his invitation by the anti-graft agency for questioning on Monday.

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Ahmed was taken by the anti-graft agency on Monday where he was being quizzed over transactions running into billions of naira during his time as governor of the state.

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The presiding judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike gave eight bail conditions for the former governor’s release.

The prosecutor (EFCC’s) lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) disclosed that the court merely granted Ahmed’s bail request with eight conditions”.

The defendant’s counsel, Kehinde Eleja (SAN) while lamenting the poor treatment of his client said the former governor’s prosecution is at the discretion of the court.

‘It has used it in support of the defendant’s plea”, he noted.

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Meanwhile, the judge has adjourned the case to April 29 and 30.

Ahmed was governor of Kwara State between May 2011 and May 2019 before he handed over to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

He was once quizzed in May 2021 by a crack team of operatives at the EFCC headquarters in the Jabi area of Abuja, the nation’s capital, in connection with the alleged diversion of funds to the tune of about N9 billion from the coffers of the Kwara State Government.

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The money was alleged to have been diverted during Ahmed’s tenure as governor of the state, and when he served as the Commissioner for Finance in the administration of ex-Governor Bukola Saraki.


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