The immediate past Kwara State first lady, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed has by proxy reacted to scandal swirling around her, alleging that she partook in the N2bn fraud in the State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Directorate (SMED) fund.
Mrs. Ahmed has been dogged by claim originating from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that she diverted part of the said sum to Leah foundation, her pet project while her spouse was the state governor.
The EFCC went on to accuse her of dodging and refusing to submit herself to questioning on the matter under the pretext of being unwell, according to The Nation.
However, the former first lady while disproving the allegation said her foundation only took N16m loan from the agency and has not defaulted.
This was stated through a statement the Executive Director Leah Group, Lanre Bello released.
It reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a publication in The Nation Newspaper of 13th August 2019 in respect of the N2 billion Kwara State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Directorate (SMED) fund where it was insinuated that our founder received part of the money.
“The insinuation suggested in the write up is absolutely untrue and a brazen attempt to malign our founder.
“While neither our organisation nor our founder was directly mentioned, the publication contained innuendo fully suggesting that our Founder was being targeted as reference was made to our mission statement.
“Our position is that in our quest to continue to serve the good people of Kwara State in pursuit of our mission to provide intervention in the Health sector, particularly the fight against breast and cervical cancers that is daily killing women, we approached the Kwara State SMED for a N16 million loan to develop a medical facility.
“The application was duly processed and approved. So far, the organisation has repaid N3 million and is currently working on paying the balance.
“At no time was any money paid into the accounts of our founder by the SMED neither has she received any cash from the scheme.
“Therefore, the insinuation that our founder has been evading EFCC invitation or is on the run is totally false. No invitation has been extended to her.
“For the records, we state emphatically that the insinuation that our founder directly received the money is not true.”