EFCC Grills Ifedore LGA Top Officials Of Ondo State Over N60 Million SURE-P Fund Embezzlement

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The Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) has quizzed three top management staff of the
Ifedore Local Council Area of Ondo State over the alleged embezzlement
of a N60 million- fund from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment
Program (SUPE-P) meant to execute some capital projects in its area of
operation.

The trio are: Mr. Taiwo Aladesuyi, Head of the Works Department; Mrs.
Dare Alao Olubunmi, the Director of Local Government Administration;
and Mrs. O. Fatogun, the LGA’s former Head of Personnel Management.

SaharaReporters learnt authoritatively that the SUPE-P fund was
diverted into personal accounts and siphoned with the aid of the
immediate past chairman of the local government, Mr. Akinsola Adu and
some other members of staff members of the council.

An impeccable source close to the EFCC confirmed to our correspondent
at the weekend that the three staff have confessed to how the funds
were spent.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said as follows:

“The three of them were quizzed by the EFCC last week and they made
confessional statements about what they knew on the SURE-P funds
released to Ifedore local government which [were] diverted into personal
accounts and [spent].

“The Head of Works Department in the local government (Taiwo
Aladesuyi) whose main account with the Wema Bank was used in diverting
and siphoning the SURE-P fund and he has about twelve different account
numbers with different banks linked through his BVN.

He further disclosed that Mr. Aladesuyi was formally detained at the
EFCC office in Ibadan but was later released after meeting conditions
which included a surety.  He will however continue to visit the EFCC
pending the end of the investigation.

According to him, the EFCC requested the bank statements of the local
government officials from their respective banks as part of the
investigation and the documents showed how the money was transferred.

“Their mobile phone numbers were used in tracking their BVN in the
various banks where it showed that the SURE-P fund was actually diverted
into personal pockets and also embezzled.

“He further told our correspondent that the EFCC had already gathered
enough evidence against the LG officers while some purported projects
the local government claimed to have executed with the money were given
to cronies and the prices overblown.

A female staff in the local government confirmed the arrest and
quizzing of the three officials but declined further comment when
contacted by SaharaReporters.

“Yes, the three of them were invited by the EFCC to Ibadan for
questioning and I learned the head of works department was detained for
few days but was later released after meeting their condition for bail.
That’s the only information I have,” she said. It was gathered that the
anti-graft agency also wrote to the current caretaker chairman of the
Ifedore Local Government, Dipo Ajibola, who provided the agency with
documents relating to projects that were purportedly executed by the
local council.

SaharaReporters learned that the arrest of the local government staff
members was a follow-up to a discreet investigation, as well as a
petition written to the Ibadan office of the EFCC.

Preliminary investigation, we learnt, had revealed how N60m was
disbursed to the Ifedore Local Government to execute some capital
projects, but was allegedly embezzled.

A document obtained by SaharaReporters showed that the fund was
released through a circular letter with Ref No: CMG. 782/122, sent to
the local council area by the Ministry of Local Government and
Chieftaincy Affairs in Ondo State under the former governor Olusegun
Mimiko.

The document showed that the N60m fund was released on the 13th of
October 2016 through the immediate past chairman of the local
government, Sola Adu, but was secretly diverted into the personal
account of Mr. Aladesuyi at Wema Bank.

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