Thursday, 6 August 2015

Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, others quizzed by EFCC




News48hrs.com reports that all is not well with the Ondo State House of Assembly as the State Speaker, Hon. Jumoke Akindele, Majorit
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y Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, Clerk of the House, Bode Adeyelu have been blacklisted by the Economic and Finan­cial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This is even as the state Accountant-General, Fred­rick Ajibokun and the Ac­countant of the State Oil Producing Areas Develop­ment Commission (OSO­PADEC) have been identified as guests of EFCC in Abuja on Tuesday and yesterday respectively over a petition by Gover­nor Olusegun Mimiko’s former Deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, alleging massive fraud in the state.

Olanusi, had among oth­ers, accused the Mimiko administration of forg­ery and diversion of state funds in one of the petitions, dated May 21, 2015, alleging that “apart from massive corrup­tion and looting through various Ministries, De­partments and Agencies (MDAs) which will be dealt with in subsequent petitions to your office, there exists a condut pipe in Ondo State Oil Minerals Producing Areas Develop­ment Commission (OSO­PADEC), Ministry of Fi­nance and the House of Assembly from where the Governor of Ondo State allegedly siphoned the sum of N18,056,700,000 and diverted it into private pockets of his cronies and collaborators using non-existing projects and em­powerment programmes without budgetary provi­sions or application of the projects.

“Several months after these acts of embezzle­ment, there emerged al­leged forged and falsified documents dated June 27, 2014 and entitled: OSO­PADEC 2014 appropria­tion law bearing the signa­tories of (i) the Speaker of Ondo State House of As­sembly, Akindele Jumoke, (ii) The Clerk of Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Adeyelu Michael Bode and (iii) The Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko,” the allegation further pointed.

He equally claimed massive fraud in the state Residency Card project (Kadi Igbe ayo), and the State Information Technol­ogy Agency (SITA).
Based on these petitions, the EFCC two weeks ago invited the Speaker, the Majority Leader and the Clerk for questioning.

news48hrs.com learnt that they have been asked to come back with documents re­lating to the petition, as a follow-up.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the ex-Deputy Governor, who was impeached sequel to his defectio
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n to the All Pro­gressives Congress (APC), said he decided to expose what he described as an unprecedented looting in Ondo State.

When contacted, EFCC spokeman, Wilson Owu­juaren, said anti-graft agency was working on the petitions.

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