EFCC probes Kwara Scholarship officials

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The
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  has  quizzed three management staff of
Kwara State Scholarship Board over alleged N150 million bursary fraud.

Those interrogated by operatives of the Ilorin zonal office
of the commission are the Chairperson of Kwara Scholarship Board,
Hajia Fatimoh Yusuf; Executive Secretary of the board, Fatai
Lamidi and the Board’s Accountant, Stephen Ajewole among others.

The Kwara State Government had in 2017 and 2018
released N150 million as bursary allowances for 10,000 students who are
indigenes of the state in various tertiary institutions.

Petitions
were sent to the anti-graft agemcy alleging that the board did not pay up to 4,000 students but
fraudulently converted the remaining money to personal use.

The petitioners, students of some higher institutions, had alleged that their names appeared as
beneficiaries of bursary allowances at the board but
they never received the money.

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During interrogation with 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.

Officials of the board had earlier told operatives of
the anti-graft body that the students were issued cheques but the commission
discovered that only few beneficiaries were given cash.