The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered how the sum of N31m meant for the payment of teachers’ salaries was allegedly diverted by the Chairman of Kwara State Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Salihu Idris Toyin, and the Permanent Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board (KSUBEC), Bayo Audu Onimago, among others.
The money allegedly shared by the suspects, according to the EFCC, Media and Publicity, Mr. Dele Oyewale, was meant for the payment of over 400 teachers working with the KSEBEC. Other beneficiaries in the said money, the statement added, include the Director of Finance, SUBEB, Ahmed Husain, the State Coordinator of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Tijani Idris, the Controller of Finance of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Omole John. While giving analysis of how the controversial funds were shared, Toyin said: “The sum of N12 million was paid into an account operated by me and others, the money was actually not supposed to come, when the cash hit the account, I withdrew it and gave it to SUBEB officials, they gave us N3m for free and we shared it among ourselves. “We also received another N19 million and I withdrew N4 million from it, I used N1.5 million for clearing and inter locking of our quarters, the remaining N2.5 million is still with me.” When the EFCC operatives asked the embattled NUT chairman if he had receipts for the clearing and inter locking he said he did, his response was said to be negative.