Updated May 17, 2021
Kwara State immediate past governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It is said that Ahamed is being questioned by a crack team of operative at the Commissions headquarters in Jabi Abuja, FCT.
He is said to have arrived at the EFCC headquarters at about 10am on Monday, following the invitation extended to him by the commission.
Upon his arrival at the anti-graft agency’s office, the Ex Governor was said to be in the interrogation room for about seven hours, writing statements.
The details of the reason behind the arrest still seems to be vague as of press time, it is disclosed that his arrest was in connection with how funds summing up to about N9 billion which was allegedly diverted from the coffers of the Kwara State government.
The Ex governor was said to have diverted funds during his tenure as governor of the state, and when he served in the capacity of the Commissioner for Finance in the administration of former Governor Bukola Saraki.
EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that the former governor responded to the commission’s invitation.
He, however, refused to give further comments.
He became the Commissioner for Finance in Kwara after Saraki assumed office as governor in 2003.
Ahmed served as the treasurer of the Forum of Commissioners of Finance in Nigeria, and as the Chairman of Budget Formulation Committee and Economic Team of Kwara State.
He further contested in the 2011 general elections and won the primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ahmed won the Kwara governorship seat and re-election after succeeding Saraki who also won the election to represent Kwara Central senatorial district in the National Assembly after completing two terms as governor.
The Ex governor concluded his tenure in 2019 and was succeeded by the incumbent governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who won on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).