The 8th Kwara State of House of Assembly did not commit fraud to the tune of N5 billion, as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Immediate past Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad absolved the ex-lawmakers of fraud in a statement released to newsmen in llorin on Tuesday.
“The 8th Kwara State of House of Assembly or myself did not conspire with anyone to swindle N5 billion or any other amount belonging to the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service”, Ahmad said.
The former Speaker said Masud Bakare, Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during the eight Assembly, legally collected money from the revenue service for all former members.
“Throughout the lifetime of the 8th Assembly, all committees had full independence regarding their operations and funds management in accordance with the Standing Rules of the House.
“Let me also place on record that as former public officials, my colleagues and I are ready anytime, anywhere and before any lawful person or authority to make ourselves available for scrutiny”, the statement said.
The former speaker also urged the Kwara State Government to discreetly conduct a forensic audit of the past administration in the state.