A civil society organisation, Center for Transparency in Governance (CTG) has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate the Chairman of Oriade local government in Osun State, Hon. Olubunmi Obeisun over alleged misappropriation of the council’s fund.
The body set up with the aim of fighting corruption in all forms, accused Hon. Obeisun of misappropriating One Hundred and Ninety-three Million Naira(#193,000,000).
This was contained in a petition written to the anti-graft agency on the 5th November, 2020 and signed by the Director of Mobilization of the group Comrade Micheal James and acknowledged by the Zonal Office of the EFCC in Ibadan on 6th November, 2020.
The Council boss was alleged of awarding road contracts without approvals, diversion of funds, non-remittance of funds into govenrment account, illegal service of loans with IGR of local government, fraud on projects and programmes, non-rendering of statement of income and expenditure to the appropriate quarters, diversion of public office holders allowances, illegal procurement of vehicles and breach of the code of conduct, amongst others.
The petition states, “To our dismay, all these public funds were siphoned into the private account of the Council Chairman, Mr. Ezcliet. Obeisun and there should be forensic audit of the account of the locid government for Period of 2018 to November, 2020.
“The Council boss Mr. Oluwabunmi Obeisun engaged in non transparency and disclosure to the Council, illegal contracting of road crading 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, fraud on projects and programms, non rendering of statement of income and expenditure, diversion of public office holders allowances, illegal procurement of vehicles and breach of the code of candoct. Evidence attached an Appendix 1.118 as exhibit 12&3 respectively”.
“We will like the anti-graft body to invite some of the Councilors including: Hon Ademikore Ibukun Ojo, Hon. Ogundiran Damilare, Hon Olorunfemi Solomon and Hon Ajimotokin Alagbole and the Council Managers, Director of Finance, Director of Works, and leader of the Legislative Arm of the local government, Hon. Deji Olomolatan for period of 2018 November 2020 for more clarifications. Evidence attached as exhibit Lawmakers Letter to the Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly”.
It should be recall that some councillors in the LGA had petitioned the Council Boss to the State of Osun House Assembly for similar allegations. He was reportedly suspended by the councillors but the suspension was overturned by the state legislature.