The General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adebowale, has been arrested and detained by the the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin, over allegations of land fraud.
Adebowale was arrested alongside a Senior official of the Kwara State Bureau of Land and two staff of the Kwara State Television Authority located at Apata Yakuba Area of Ilorin, the State Capital.
It was learnt that the immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed had sometimes in 2014 allocated ten plots of land in the premises of the State’s media outfit to some staffs of Kwara Television.
13 Staff of the Kwara TV in their petition dated May 8 2019, alleged that the Station’s General Manager had sold the 10 plots of land given to them by the State Government and converted to his personal use.
The workers in the television house alleged that “since 2014 to date, the said plots of land was hijacked by the General Manager, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale against the purpose it was intended for by the State Government for Staff corporation, In 2017, the Corporation’s Union, Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers (RATTAWU) started agitation for the recovery of the land from the General Manager which led to plethora of correspondences between the union and the Office of the Kwara State Head of Service “
They alleged further “the Union wrote to the Kwara State Bureau Land requesting for the allocation paper in request to recover the said Land converted by the General Manager as his personal property, but all to no avail”.
It was gathered that the operatives of the Commission during investigations discovered the suspect and his son benefited from the land while the remaining ones were sold to outsiders without the knowledge of the staff.
It was further learnt that the Kwara State Television boss received allocation papers in the names of staff but did not deliver the documents to the original owners.
The Suspects according to a source will soon be charged to court.