*It’s a lie — Adelola
By Dayo Johnson
Akure—SIX traditional Chiefs (Olojas) in Odigbo council area of Ondo State have accused the traditional ruler of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola of alleged fraud, diversion, abuse of office and conversion of their monthly stipends.
They accused him among other things of “signing for and collecting their salaries, bluntly refusing to pay them such entitlements running into several millions of Naira.”
This was contained in an 11-page petition against the Oba and forwarded to the state government.
It’s a lie — Adelola
But in a swift reaction, Oba Adelola described the allegations as not only lies but also ridiculous.
Claiming ignorance of the said petition, the traditional ruler said two of the traditional chiefs – lbrahim Akintunde, Oloja of Koseru and Adenikinju Robinson, Oloja of Ago Alaye have been suspended over alleged fraudulent activities in recent times.
The monarch said their salaries are being paid as at when due, adding that they were only owed December salaries which would be paid this week.
Refund unpaid salaries
The six Olojas, who signed the petition, include Oloja Ibrahim Akintunde, the Oloja of Koseru; Oloja Charles Basorun, Oloja of Imorun; Oloja Akinbolusere, the Oloja of Kajola; Oloja Ipaye, Oloja of Ajebamidele; Oloja Onokun, Oloja of Ayetoro and Oloja Robinson Adenikinju, Oloja of Ago Alaye.
The petition entitled: ‘A case of fraud, criminal conversion and abuse of office by Oba Aderemi Adelola (Ajobu of Araromi Obu Kingdom)’, was dated January 4, 2018, and signed by their lawyer, Mr Tunde Ajayi.
They demanded the immediate refund of the unpaid salaries to each of the beneficiaries and urged the state government to stop the monarch from meddling with their statutory entitlements forthwith.
Oba Adelola, was also alleged to, aside from diverting their monthly stipends for personal use for several years running, also collected salaries of dead Chiefs without disclosing their death to the state government.
This, they insisted, was a breach of the statutorily provisions of stipends for traditional rulers and Chiefs by Nigerian Constitution midwifed through the local government councils.
They alleged that the Oloja of Ayetoro had been deprived of his financial entitlements for 10 years.
They, therefore, urged the State Government to stop the payment of their salaries through the Ajobu of Araromi Obu forthwith “for gross breach of trust and abuse of office.”