No fewer than 55 prominent members of the last two administrations in Kwara State have allegedly been fingered in the illegal sales of Kwara State government properties, freshinsightnewstv.com have exclusively gathered.
This much was gathered from impeccable sources in the know as to the content of the Sen. Makanjuola Ajadi led asset evaluation committee.
It would be recalled rumours had been rife as to the illegal sales of government properties, which prompted Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq to constitute the Ajadi led committee, with the mandate of reevaluating the transfer of government owned properties and lands.
Speaking exclusively with this medium on the recommendations of the committee, a highly placed source, described the investigation as “unearthing and recommendations damning”
He said “Several government properties and lands in choice locations in Kwara State and across the country was discovered to have been transferred in shoddy circumstances.
“It was discovered that most of the assets acquired were grossly undervalued and sold to cronies, others failed to pay the stipulated sum in full.
“Prominent among the properties are the government owned chalets which was transfered under shoddy circumstances, which is more or less of a ripoff of Kwarans.
“The culprits are not fewer than 50, several landed properties in Lagos, Kaduna and Abuja were either sold off, or unaccounted, while no fewer than 100 chalets was transfered to government officials, top civil servants and former legislators” he stressed.
Some of those fingered and recommended for prosecution in the report submitted by the 21-member panel set up by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on the sale of government assets during the immediate past administration include Ex-Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the immediate past, Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Isiaka Gold, the immediate past two successive Chiefs of Staff, Alhaji Ladi Hassan and Alhaji Baba Abdulwahab, the Speaker of the 7th Kwara State House of Assembly, who doubled as the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in the last election, Rt. Hon. Razak Atunwa, and a host of others.
According to a committee source, “many of the former state officials were found to be deeply involved in the sale of government chalets numbering over 100 in GRA, Ilorin, chalets occupied by the House of Assembly members as well as landed property belonging to the state government in Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna states.
The sources said most of the chalets and plots of land in the choice areas located in different parts of the country were sold to those who served in the government or their cronies at rock-bottom prices while the chalets in the legislative quarters were sold to legislators who served in the 7th Assembly between 2011 and 2015 at low prices.
Governor AbdulRazaq had on Friday said the government might approach the court to recover the state assets illegally sold by the past administration.
Abdulrazaq, while receiving the final report of the committee on the review of the sale/disposal of government properties by the immediate past administration said he would test the recommendations of the committee in the court in a bid to get justice for the people.