Probe Alleged N15m Fraud In Ondo Assembly, APC Urges EFCC


Agency Report

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) wants the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the alleged N15 million fraud in the Ondo State House of Assembly.

The Assembly had on 27 January impeached the Speaker, Jumoke Akindele, and other principal officers over allegation of N15 million fraud.

The sum was allegedly found in the possession of the Assembly Pay Master, Makanjuola Adesina, who told the lawmakers that it was withdrawn on the instruction of the Speaker for a project which he failed to disclose.

And the APC, in a statement, commended members of the Assembly for changing the leadership over the alleged fraud.

Its Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, said the discovery was a confirmation of the party’s previous allegations that there was a “looting spree’’ in all the state ministries, departments and agencies.

“The removal of the Speaker, Ms Jumoke Akindele, and her Deputy, Mr Fatai Olu, on allegation of fraud is an attestation of Mimiko’s looting spree in all ministries, agencies and parastatals in the state in the last eight years.

“The party called on the EFCC to arrest the former Speaker, former Deputy Speaker, and former Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu, for investigations over the alleged N15 million fraud and other financial recklessness in the Assembly.

“The Assembly has been a rubber stamp of anything goes, under the leadership of the former Speaker.

“It is noteworthy that the honourable members could summon courage this time around to question the leadership of the house, which seems untouchable, by the outright removal of the Speaker and Deputy.

“The former Speaker has been of tremendous help to Gov. Olusegun Mimiko in plunging Ondo State into indebtedness to the tune of about N150 billion in loans without due process and commensurate achievements, but rather the money went into private pockets,’’ he said.

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