December 16, 2016

Embattled Lagos ex-HoS, Ademola may lose retirement benefits if…

Embattled Lagos ex-HoS, Ademola may lose retirement benefits if…

Mrs. Olabowale Ademola

By Our Reporter

There were strong indications yesterday, that the embattled former Head of Service of Lagos State, Mrs. Olabode Ademola who was replaced on Wednesday night with Mrs. Folashade Adesoye by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode may forfeit her entitlements if found guilty of the current charges against her by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.

Findings by Vanguard revealed that the governor was apparently embarrassed by the high publicity given to the case and would not want any further stain on his administration through the case of graft.

It was also gathered that in the event that she is found guilty, her fate as regards retirement benefits will be determined by the State’s Executive Council chaired by the governor.

Mrs. Olabowale Ademola

At the state’s Alausa Secretariat complex yesterday, some staff were seen discussing the change of baton at the highest level of the civil service in hush tones with some believing that her career may have ended abruptly with the stepping aside.

According to feelers, the opportunity to step aside was afforded her by the state government to provide a soft landing pending the determination of the charges against her.

The former HoS along with her husband, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, were accused by the Federal Government of fraud following a raid on their home by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, in a statement, Wednesday, said, “Mrs. Ademola sought permission to be excused from her duty as the Head of Service while she proved her innocence in the allegation against her.”

“The governor had granted that approval and appointed an acting HoS.”

Ademola and her husband were arraigned on an 11 counts charge on Tuesday including conspiracy to receive gratification.