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Kwara Member-Elect Nabbed In N26 Million Land Fraud

Says He Will Use Wardrobe Allowance To Refund



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A member-elect of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Abdulgafar Ayinla has been nabbed after allegedly diverting N26 million obtained from a fraudulent land deal to fund his successful election.

Ayinla who confessed to the fraud allegation revealed to operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC that he hoped to refund the money through the wardrobe allocation marked out for fresh legislators.

Ayinla who is expected to be sworn-in on May 29 2019 confessed to the commission of the crime, disclosing that he used the money to finance his political campaigns.

The petitioner who resides in the United State of America, USA stated that Ayinla who is a legal practitioner was introduced to her by her late Aunt as capable of helping her purchase some properties in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

According to her, “The Lawmaker-elect sold to me another two plots of land with four bedroom bungalow at window level at Agric area of Ilorin. I paid N8, 240, 000 (Eight Million Naira Two hundred and Forty Thousand Naira) commission of which Ayinla informed me that the seller had received his money but he never paid the money to the seller up till today, and never refunded the money to me.”

The suspect disclosed that he diverted the money to his personal use and promised to pay back when he receives his wardrobe allowance from the Kwara State House of Assembly.

The arrest of Ayinla comes days after the EFCC also arrested a serving member of the House, Adebayo Muhammad of allegedly duping several persons of seprate land deals.

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