By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin – The Kwara State government, yesterday, set upÂ another five-man investigative panel to probe the activities of the three suspended local government chairmen of Patigi, Edu and Moro for illegal bank transactions.
Other council chairmen were also warned against any sharp practices in their respective councils, stressing that nobody would be spared no matter how highly placed.
Already, the three council bosses â€” Chairman of Edu LG, Alhaji Lima Idris; Patigi LG , Mallam Mohammed Liman and that of Moro Local Council, Alhaji Abdulraheem Adisa â€” who had earlier been indicted for allegedly diverting the fertilisers meant for their local governments were on suspension.
Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Cook-Olododo,Â while inaugurating the panel noted that it was necessitated by what he described as â€œdisturbing reports of alleged serious financial misappropriation, particularly in the banking transactions of the three LGs.â€
The panel which is headed by the Special Adviser on Economic Planning, Alhaji Ademola Banu, has among its terms of reference, to determine the bank loans obtained by the three LGs within the last 18 months, the purposes for which the loans were obtained and whether the loans reached the beneficiaries.
The probe committee is also to identify the banks that granted the loans and the repayment status, ascertain the assets of the LGAs and the genuineness of indebtedness, identify any fraudulent practices and recommend appropriate sanctions.
Cook-Olododo who stated that the committee had three weeks within which to submit its report, also described â€œthe revelation as sad, adding: “It ran contrary to the governmentâ€™s effort in laying a foundation for a transparent society.â€™.
He also warned other local government chairmen in the state against such acts, adding that if there is any evidence against any of them, the state would not hesitate to extend same to them.