By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
Four former commissioners in Kogi State, under the administration of Idris Wada, have been arrested and detained by operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, for alleged misappropriation of N11.3 billion.
According to ICPC, the four ex-commissioners connived with the former governor of the state to divert monies meant for the provision of public services at the state and local government levels.
The anti-graft agency gave the names of the suspects being held at its facility as Kayode Olowomoran, who was in charge of Culture and Tourism; Abdulrahman Wuya, Works; Onama Godwin, Transport, and Ali Ajuh, Budget and Planning.
A statement by the ICPC spokesman, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said: “The four men were arrested after ICPC commenced investigations into allegations that the suspects, acting in connivance with the former governor, former Accountant-General, Ibrahim Idakwo and a former Permanent Secre-tary in the state Ministry of Commerce, Frank Onoja, obtained a N2 billion Small and Medium Enterprises, SME, loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria on behalf of the state and misapplied it.
“Preliminary investiga-tions by ICPC also revealed that the suspects allegedly partook in the mismanagement of another N8 billion bond that was raised to fund 57 projects across the state.
“Furthermore, the suspects are alleged to have benefited from illegal deductions to the tune of N1.3 billion made from the funds of the 21 local government councils of the state by the same administration.
“As investigations continue, the suspects will remain in custody until they fulfill the administrative bail conditions granted them by the Commission.”