By Simon EBEGBULEMI, Benin City
GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has vowed to send all indicted corrupt officers in the state to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Matters (ICPC).
The Governor who disclosed this when he received the report of the Commission ofÂ Inquiry set to investigate the tenure of Patrick Aisien as chairman of Orhionwhon Local Government Area pointed out that established cases of fraud and mismanagement will be dealt with decisively, while more serious ones are referred to the EFCC and the ICPC for further action.
According to him â€œestablished cases of fraud, of corruption and mismanagement, those that we can deal with administratively, we will deal with in terms of trying to retrieve what is lost. The ones that will require further investigation, we will refer them to EFCC and ICPC. We will ensure that justice is doneâ€.
Commenting on the report, the Governor said that â€œwe will go through this report, and I will forward it as required by the law to the House of Assembly for consideration and government will decide how exactly to deal with the issuesâ€.
The governor noted that reports from the different local governments about the activities of council chairmen is disturbing explaining that â€œif you want to act on all of them, you might have to suspend or remove them. But we cannot stop acting on these petitions because as your report has revealed, if we were to be silent on this, it would have been bad for the system. The governor commended the members for a thorough job.
Chairman of the Commission of inquiry, Hon Justice San Elaiho (rtd) said the commission could not meet with the date of the submission due to unforeseen impediments.
He said the report is in five parts which includes the main report, Evidence of the witness for the commission while volume 2_5 are copies of Annexure and pictorial reports and a DVD Video recording. He added that â€œit is our hope that the Findings and Recommendation of this commission will greatly assist the State Government in deciding on appropriate actions that will help to raise the standard of living of the people of Orhionwhon Local Government Areaâ€