UBEC Funds Embezzlement: Saraki, Kwara Government Trade Words

The former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State’s reported claim that he embezzled the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) fund and used his position as Senate President to prevent the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating the case an outright lie that the governor should retract.

According to reports, Governor Abdulrazaq made the allegations on Saturday at the launch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kwara Central senatorial candidate, Mallam Saliu Mustapha’s, 60-member campaign council and 1,200 canvassers.

In a statement issued on Monday, Saraki gave the governor seven days to retract his statement or prove his claims in court.

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“I have ignored all his lies all this while as I believe he was resorting to that cheap escape measure to mask his failure in governance. Now, I will have to take strong measures by challenging him in court since he will not desist from fabricating lies against me.

“I have told my lawyers to write to him to retract the statement or be ready to prove it in court,” Saraki said.

It is recalled that Governor Abdulrazaq had told the audience at the launch that he found some claims made by some opposition candidates in the 2023 general elections laughable and unbelievable.

“But for their boss being the Senate President at the time, most of these characters would have been in jail for the UBEC money they stole,” the governor said.

According to him, for seven years, the state was blacklisted by UBEC, over alleged fraudulent diversion of its funds meant for Kwara schools by the previous administration under PDP.

The governor, who claimed to have asked UBEC officials why the matter wasn’t reported to relevant security agencies, said that he was told that the fear of the PDP leader at the time the Senate President made the commission back out of taking such action.

“UBEC officials said that if they had taken the matter to EFCC, the commission might begin to have problems getting their budget approved at the Senate,” Abdulrazaq said.

 

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