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Kwara Suspends Two Officials Over Alleged N170m Fraud

Two senior officials of the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR) have been suspended by the Kwara State Government over allegations of mismanagement of N170 million.

The officials, the SOML-PforR State Programme Manager, Dr Ibrahim Omar, and the Programme Accountant, Alabi Rahman, were suspended to allow for a probe into allegations of financial irregularities and inconsistencies in the handling of funds, a Ministry of Health statement said on Wednesday.

The statement, signed by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Health, Falade Gbenga, said the suspension and query of the officials were connected to the alleged mismanagement of N170m SOML-PforR fund.

According to the statement from the ministry,, a preliminary probe into the allegations revealed “some inconsistencies,” adding that efforts to get the officials to offer explanations and verifications were “being deliberately frustrated.”

The statement further added that the officials were being suspended from the programme to “enhance uninterrupted investigation,” urging them to cooperate with the intra-ministerial investigative committee empanelled to look into the “financial transactions of the SOML-PforR between December 2019 and May 2021”

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