By Kolade Larewaju
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has frozen all accounts of crisis-ridden Ijebu-East Local Government following a petition sent to it by the suspended council Chairman, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye.
The Ogun State government last week suspended Oladunjoye for his alleged complicity in the 5 December 2009, mayhem that happened at Ijebu-Ife, where many lives were lost and property destroyed.
EFCC acted on petition by Oladunjoye
Head of Media and Publicity of the Commission, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who confirmed the development to newsmen Tuesday said the commission acted on the petition written by Oladunjoye, warning all the affected financial institutions to shun attempts by some people to change signatories into the councilâ€™s accounts.
He said â€œyes, all the bank accounts of Ijebu-East Local Government have been frozen by the EFCC. We acted based on the petition by Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye.â€
The letter freezing the accounts was signed by the Commissionâ€™s Head of Operations, Mallam Muazu Zubairu, copies of which were sent to Wema Bank, First Bank, four Micro-Finance banks in Ijebu-Ife, Ijebu-Imushin, Mushin-Itele and Honey-Port in Owu-Ikija.
Oladunjoye had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, the State House of Assembly, over his removal from office, describing the constitution of the Caretaker Committee headed by Mr. Michael Agbolade as illegal and unconstitutional.
He urged the Speaker of the State of House of Assembly, Mr. Tunji Egbetokun to intervene in the dissolved council, saying that the action was taken without recourse to the House.
OladunjoyeÂ in his petition dated 23 February 2010 said, â€œIt has come to our notice that some elements parading themselves as members of a caretaker government of Ijebu East Local Government have been making efforts to change the signatories to our accounts in your bank.
â€œThe so-called caretaker body is illegal and unconstitutional as our administration has a valid court order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, restraining the Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, from dissolving the government of Ijebu East Local Government.
â€œWe call on your institution not to honour any request, recommendation or transaction by or for the illegal body.â€