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EFCC quizzes LG boss

By Ola Ajayi
A Local Government Chairman, Alhaji Abass Aleshinloye has been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegations of misappropriation of council funds.

Alhaji Aleshinloye who is the Chairman of Ibadan South West Local Government area of Oyo State has been having a running battle with his councillors over alleged non-performance and misappropriation of the council’s fund.

The controversy over the manner the council’s fund was being spent got to a climax some months ago when his councillors mobilized for his impeachment.

Just before the councillors carried out the impeachment, some party leaders from the state and the local government intervened and put off the festering ember of discord.

The impeachment plan was then dropped by the councillors who later declared their loyalty for him.

But, due to series of petitions sent to the EFCC in Abuja by members of the public and some councillors, the anti-graft agency invited the local government boss for interrogation to know his level of involvement in the allegations of financial misappropriation, embezzlement and diversion of council’s funds and the internally generated revenue into his private purse.

Vanguard gathered that the council boss was served the letter on Saturday at a ceremony. Immediately, he got the letter, Vanguard gathered that he hurriedly left the ceremony and on Sunday he left for Abuja to honour the invitation.

As at the time of filing this report, the chairman was yet to be left off the hook of the anti graft agency. A source told Vanguard yesterday that the councillors and staff of the Local Government were still expecting him to come back from Abuja.

According to an impeccable source, councillors and members of the public had earlier forwarded a petition against the chairman to the state House of Assembly but up till now nothing concrete has come from the legislative arm.

Several phone calls made to the spokesperson of the EFCC, Mr. Femi Babafemi were not picked.


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