EFCC Probes Oyo Director Of Protocol

For alleged diversion of public fund for personal use, the Oyo State Director of Protocol (DOP), Mr. T. Dairo is still under the investigation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Dairo and some government officials in the state were arrested sometimes in August for alleged financial impropriety and detained for several hours at the commission’s Lagos Office.

The arrested government officials were later released to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Olayiwola Olakojo.

However, it was gathered that the EFCC is still investigating Dairo, following a petition written by some officials of the office of the Department of Protocol, Governor’s Office, accusing him of illegal diversion of state’s funds for personal use.

Dairo was alleged to have fraudulently enriched himself by approving false travelling documents and allowances.

He was said to have owned several buildings within and outside the state in less than two years tenure of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and purchasing many cars among other.

However, the EFCC has started investigating Dairo, asking him to defend the allegations of fraud levelled against him.

EFCC spokesman, Femi Babafemi said that the commission has invited those alleged upon receiving the petition to defend themselves.

He said that, of all the accusations levelled against Dairo, two had been established to be false, while other allegations were being investigated.

Until the investigations was concluded, he said, the accused could not be said to be clean.

According to him, from investigation so far, Dairo has no power to approve travelling documents and allowances of those on the entourage of the governor and his guests.

He said the commission had established that the power to approve such allowances was that of SSG.

Babafemi said the EFCC had established that Dairo owes a three-bedroom bungalow as against the allegations that he had many buildings.

“He does not have the power to approve travelling documents and allowances; it is the office of SSG that has such power”, he said.

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