Exclusive: Bank drags Kwara Works Commissioner’s father to court over unpaid debt

A commercial bank has dragged Hon. Ilyasu Ibrahim Moro, a former member of the Kwara State House of Assembly and father of the current State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Rotimi Ilyasu, to court over his refusal to repay a N7million loan he obtained from the bank in 2007.

Ilyasu, a member of the ruling APC and political ally of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq reportedly secured the said loan facility from the bank to settle some personal obligations while he was serving as a member of the State Assembly, where he represented the people of Ipaye/Moro/Olooru Constituency.

Offer of credit facility letters seen by this medium showed that Hon. Ilyasu was granted a short term loan facility of N5million sometimes in 2007. He was later that same year granted an additional N2million loan, totaling N7million.

The former lawmaker agreed with the bank that the security for the loan facility would be his monthly salaries accruing to him as a member of the House, which he said would be domiciled in an account with the bank.

However, after a period, Ilyasu was suspended by the leadership of the House and his salaries and allowances were stopped. He then challenged his suspension before a High Court sitting in Ilorin and the judgment was delivered in his favour. The court also directed the Assembly to pay the then embattled lawmaker all his salaries and allowances.

When it was time for Hon. Ilyasu’s salaries and allowances was to be paid as directed by the court, the former legislator asked the leadership of the Kwara Assembly to pay the money into another bank account, which was in violation of the agreement he had with the commercial bank that offered him a loan.

In the face of law, this is a criminal offence, as Hon. Ilyasu has breached an agreement he entered into with the bank. Moreover, despite the repeated letters of demand sent to the ex-lawmaker by the bank, he has refused to pay the bank.

Instead, he has been telling the bank that his salaries and allowances have not been paid by the leadership of the Kwara Assembly, claiming that former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki directed the immediate past State government and House leadership not to pay him. But contrary to his claim, findings by the bank revealed that his salaries and allowances had long been paid in compliance with the court order.

A top official of the APC in Kwara, who knows about the case said Ilyas’s spurious claim was a futile attempt to paint Saraki in bad light and to also deceive the bank. He added that the politician’s refusal to pay his debt all these years amounts to fraud, which he said is a criminal case.

In lieu of this and in a bid to recover its money, the bank has filed a direct criminal complaint against Hon. Ilyasu before an Ilorin magistrate court. The bank has also through its counsel, M.A Yusuf ESQ, who is an Ilorin-based human rights lawyer, filed an undefended list against the former lawmaker before a State High Court sitting in Ilorin.

A copy of the application filed before the court and seen by this medium shows that the case will come up on 24, April, 2020 and will be presided over by Hon. Justice H.A Gegele.

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