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FG Takes Over Former Kwara Governor’s Mansion

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The Federal Government has taken over a mansion belonging to former Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatai Ahmed, over an N5 billion debt.

The spokesman of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Jude Nwazor, made this known in an interview with Daily Trust on Wednesday.

According to the AMCON spokesman, the house seized is located at Abdulrazaq road, GRA, Ilorin, the state capital.

Nwazor said that the debt was a personal one by the former governor, Ahmed, who governed the North Central state between 2011 and 2019.

He disclosed that Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Lagos Division, gave AMCON the order on Wednesday.

The AMCON spokesman stated that the court also ruled that AMCON should take possession of properties owned by Abdulfatah located on No 13, Alhaji Masha Road, Surulere; No. 9 Wharf, Apapa, Lagos; Plot 3632, Cadastral Zone E27 of Apo, Abuja.

Others are Plot 4115, Cadastral Zone F14 of Bazango, Abuja; Plot 8502, Cadastral Zone E31 of Carraway Dallas, Abuja; Plot 494, Cadastral Zone E31 of Carraway Dallas, Abuja; Plot 719, Cadastral Zone E23 of Kyami, Abuja.

The court also ruled that AMCON should take possession of any other landed property owned by Abdulfatah within Nigeria.

Nwazor, however, stated that despite holding “one of the highly exalted political offices” in the country, Abdulfatah remained recalcitrant over the repayment of his obligation.

In other news, Babajide Odusolu, former special adviser on property and investment to former governor Ibikunle Amosun has threatened to sue the Ogun State House of Assembly over the allegation of a missing N2.5bn during his tenure.

Odusolu revealed that he has employed a lawyer, Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa (SAN) to challenge the allegation brought against him which he said was damage to his personality and reputation.

The former aide’s financial report between 2015 and 2019 of his administration was probed by the House Committee on Public Accounts and Anti- Corruption.

Odusolu first appeared before the committee in November 2020 concerning OPIC funds he allegedly spent without approval.

The committee later called on the anti-graft agency to recover from Odusolu the sum of N2,579,771,717.71 and another N40m that was also unaccounted for.

Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, Odusolu described the accusations brought against him as a political vendetta.

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