Group drags Osun LG boss to EFCC over N193m fraud


The Chairman Oriade Local Government in Osun State Olubunmibi Ezekiel Obeisun has been dragged before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting N193 million to his personal account.

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Transparency in Governance, who is advocating for transparency in governance petitioned the EFCC to investigate the council boss over alleged misappropriation of the council’s fund.

Obeisun was alleged to have embezzled N193 Million through the duplication of contract projects, disparities between the actual cost and receipts (invoicing) and others.

In the petition sent to the anti-graft agency dated November 6, 2020, the NGO accused the chairman of non-transparency, illegal contracting of road grading without approvals, diversion of funds and non-remittance of income into government accounts, illegal service of loans with Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the local government.

Other allegations levelled against him include fraud on projects and programmes, non-rendering of statement of income and expenditure, diversion of public office holders allowances, illegal procurement of vehicles and breach of the code of conduct.

The good governance advocate asked the anti-graft body to invite some of the Councilors including Hon. Ademikore Ibukun, Hon. Ogundiran Damilare, Hon. Olorunfemi Solomon and Hon. Ajimotokin Olagboke.

Others are the Council Managers, Directors of Finance, Directors of Works, and leader of the Legislative Arm of the local government, Hon. Deji Olomolatan for period of 2018 November, 2020 for more clarifications.

One of the exhibits attached to the petition is lawmaker’s letter to the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly; and other three evidence.

“We want EFCC to commence immediate investigation into the alleged criminal financial mismanagement leveled against Olubunmibi Ezekiel Obeisun for his three-year tenure of office from 2018 to November, 2020 for possible prosecution for financial crimes.

“This is reputable anti-corruption Civil Society Organization (CSO), that is committed to the abolition of corruption in its entirety in Nigeria. We will be looking forward for immediate and positive response of your good office in dealing with this alleged corrupt practice and betrayal of trust from Mr. Ezekiel Obeisun.

“All the actions of the Local Government Chairman are contrary to the spirit of democratic ethos and value and social justice contract with the people of the Council area and this has serious negative impact on the life of the masses in the area.

The anti-corruption Civil Society Organization (CSO), pledged to come forward at any time to substantiate all the allegations raised in the Petition Letter.

Contacting the chairman,  the council boss was given the excuse of being in a meeting whenever the reporter introduced himself.

Our correspondent called the chairman for three consecutive days but was given the some response, “I am in a meeting. Please call me back.”


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