If anti-graft agencies are searching for a candidate, then the chairman, Boripe Local Government Council Area, Osun State, Mr. Bimbo Abimbola Oyedele is a potential one going by magnitude of the fraud allegedly recorded in the street light project that was awarded in June this year.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the council in its schedule of work, approved N16,247, 798.90 as a special vote for street lighting with an extension of three phase electricity to 11 wards in the council area.
The council area is comprised of Ada, Ororuwo, Aagba and other towns including Iragbiji, the council headquarters town, Iree, the polytechnic town, and other villages.
According to a reliable source within the council secretariat, the street light project was awarded not to beautify the night life of the towns and communities in the council area, but as a conduit pipe linking to some private bank accounts.
According to some documents at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER, N11,373, 456.23 was first released as mobilization fee and the second trench, also a balance of N4,874,342.67 was released on 8 June 2008.
On the spot assessment conducted by our reporter in Iree, Ada, Iragbiji showed that the huge fund might have found its way into some private pockets as political patronages.
At Iree, the host community to the Osun State polytechnic, some street lights were erected but not by the council, as some of the indigenes, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER maintained that those street light poles were erected by the Iree Progressive Union (IPU).
Ada and Iragbiji wear the same look in term of absence of the street lights in the night, despite the fact that funds have been earnmarked for it.
It was learnt from a reliable source that some traditional rulers and PDP chieftains from the council area benefited from the scam, as one of the beneficiaries has reportedly bought a car and a bus for the traditional ruler of his home town, out of his own share.
All efforts to get in touch with the council boss on the issue proved abortive, as none of his phone numbers given to our reporter sailed through.