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N109m alleged fraud rocks Delta LG

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BY FESTUS AHON, Ughelli
TENSION has enveloped Ughelli North Local Government Council, Delta State, following allegation of misappropriation of N109 million leveled against the Local Government Transition Committee Chairman, Chief Friday Akpoyibo, by its members.

The transition committee members, who accused the council chairman of mismanaging the council’s funds, have passed a vote of no confidence on him and accused some top officials of the council (names withheld) of complicity in the alleged financial recklessness.

The members, in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, which was signed by the council’s Vice Chairman, Mr. Sunday Udin, Secretary, Mr. George Ushere, Supervisory Councilor for Agriculture, Mr. Hezekiah Ugbuwiako, Supervisory Councilor for Works, Mr. Christopher Onou and 13 others alleged that “the Chairman’s wife received N1.8m to travel to South Africa for the seminar of National Council of Women Society in May 2013.”

Contacted, the embattled council chairman, Akpoyibo, explained that the monies for the oversea  trips that were not made were returned to council’s treasury, adding that; “I have the receipts.”

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