The operators of the EFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Ilorin Zonal Office have arrested the General Manager, Kwara State Television Authority, Abdulfatai Adebowale for alleged land fraud.
The Nageria newspaper reports that Adebowale was arrested along with two staff members of the state television authority, located in the Yakuba area of Ilorin, the capital of the state of Kwara and a senior official of the Land Office of the state of Kwara.
It will be recalled that the former immediate governor of the state of Kwara, Abdulfatai Ahmed, at some point in 2014 assigned ten plots of land on the premises of the state television team to part of his staff.
However, in one turn, 13 television station employees in a petition, dated May 8, 2019, alleged that their General Manager sold the ten plots of land that the Ahmed government gave them and converted the profits for their personal use.
According to them, “from 2014 to date, these plots of land were kidnapped by the General Manager, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale against the purpose provided by the state government.
“In 2017, the Internal Union of the Corporation of Radio, Television, Theater and Art Workers (RATTAWU) began to agitate the recovery of the General Manager’s land, which led to a large number of correspondences between the Union and the Office of the Head of Service of the State of Kwara.
“The union wrote to the Kwara State Land Office, requesting the assignment documents in a search to recover those lands, converted by the General Manager as his personal property, but it was all in vain.”
In the course of the investigation of the petition, EFCC agents discovered that Adebowale and his son benefited from the plots, while the remaining parts of the land were sold to outsiders without the knowledge of the station staff to whom Were assigned.
It was also discovered that Adebowale received the assignment documents from the Kwara State Land Office on behalf of the station employees, but did not deliver them to the rightful owners. All suspects are currently detained and will soon be prosecuted in court.