The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) would soon begin the investigation of Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, some of his aides and the 31 local government officials in the State over allegations of financial fraud leveled against them by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State(CSCEO.
A source at the ICPC who confirmed receipt of CSCEO’s petition against the officials of the Osun State Government added that the ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta had assured that proper investigation had commenced on the petition against Gov. Aregbesola, his aides and local government officials.
The source also said that the petitioner, Comrade Sulaiman would also be invited to defend the various degree of financial allegations, ranging from inflation of contracts sum, duplication of contracts sum, engage in moribund projects, money laundering, among others, which he levelled against the governor and his aides.
It would be recalled that the group had in the petition dated Thursday 10th of September,2015 and received on Monday 14th and Thursday 17th of September,2015 in Osogbo and Abuja office of the Commission respectively, requested that the immediate past Commissioners of Finance, Dr Wale Bolorunduro, Special duties and Regional Integration,Mr. Ajibola Bashiru, and Local Government and Chieftaincy
Affairs, Mr. Kolapo Alimi with their Permanent Secretaries, Aregbesola’s former Special Advisers on Works, Mr. Sabitu Oladepo Amuda and Environment and Mr. Bola Ilori should be investigated and possibly arrested for financial improprieties.
The petition read in part: “The Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) writes this petition to ensure that the sanctity of truth and rule of law that will bring egalitarian society in allocation of meager resources accrued to the State from the Federation Account as enshrined in the amended 1999 Constitution for the purpose of promoting good government and welfare of all persons in our country on the principles of Freedom, Equality and Justice and for the purpose of consolidating the Unity of our people.
“The private investigation conducted by the members of our coalition revealed that the average monthly earnings of the State between the year 2007 and November 2010 was N1,969,622,514.25, while the average monthly earning income of the State between the years January 2011 to December 2014 was at N3,050,074,327,25 and these figures represents Osun earnings from the Federation Account alone and does not include that of Excess Crude Oil fund:N61.7 billion, SURE-P: N14.4 billion,Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Fund: N13.9 billion, Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) fund:N43.6billion, Value Added Tax(VAT) Ecological Fund and Millennium Development Goals fund.
“Comrade Suliman therefore urged the anti-graft agency to make the report of the outcome of its investigation public because people of the State at home and abroad have been watching keenly, the unfolding events on the financial mess facing the State in recent past.”
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