Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited a former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adeolu Adeleke and 31 other members of the House between 2003 and 2007 to clarify their role in an alleged N1.5 billion missing from the state coffer.
Saturday Mirror learnt that the anti-graft agency visited governor’s office last week Thursday to verify some documents which indicted the administration of former Governor Rasheed Ladoja, in three ministries of Finance, Land and Justice.
It will be recalled that the state governor Senator Abiola Ajimobi had in the last few months pressured the former governor to confess to the alleged refund of the sum of N500million through the EFCC.
Both Senator Ladoja and governor Ajimobi had engaged in heated argument over the refund of N500million and a Jeep said to be part of the stolen N1.5billion proceed from the sale of shares belonging to the state government by the former governor who denied the refund.
While Ajimobi insisted that Ladoja made the refund through the anti-graft commission and tendered bank cheques in newspaper advertisement, but the former governor insisted that Ajimobi’s claims were absolute false .
One of the lawmakers involved while speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the invitation by EFCC was true and that the former Speaker has sent lawyers to plead on behalf of the House for two weeks before the honourable members could appear before EFCC.
Saturday Mirror gathered that the EFCC delegation was led by the Head of Economic Governance who refused to disclose his name. Ladoja was alleged to have used his company, BRISTRUM Investment Limited to buy the shares of the state government and allegedly used the Guarantee Trust Bank draft to raise the sum of N78million from the share proceed to acquire property located at 361 Agodi GRA Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
He was also accused of doling out the sum of N20million each to 14 lawmakers who were loyal to him for constituency projects while in government without executing any project.
It was gathered that apart from the N20m received by the 14 loyal members of the house, Ladoja also allegedly purchased a Nissan Sunny car for each of the lawmakers.
The money was allegedly taken from the proceed of the state shares sold during his tenure as governor in the state while the antigraft commission was said to have left the state with some vital documents that contained facts about the former governor’s administration.
It was also gathered that the chairman of the state Housing Corporation during Ladoja’s tenure, Mr. Wale Atanda, confessed to have collected the money and was in charge of disbursement of the cash as directed by the former governor.
The source said “Wale Atanda in his effort to clear himself was exposing all these informations to EFCC. He is the only key witness at the moment because he cooperated with the EFCC to carry out their investigations.”
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