Osun CDF Scam: EFCC Begins Oyinlola’s Probe

•Governor Receives Letter Of Notification •Speaker, 25 Lawmakers Summoned DESPITE all the grandstanding and boasting that there is transparency in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in Osun State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced investigation of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola over alleged mismanagement of the state funds, as the Speaker…”
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September 5, 2008 2:14 am

•Governor Receives Letter Of Notification
•Speaker, 25 Lawmakers Summoned

DESPITE all the grandstanding and boasting that there is transparency in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in Osun State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commenced investigation of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola over alleged mismanagement of the state funds, as the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello and the 25 lawmakers in the state House of Assembly have also been summoned for interrogation.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered from a reliable source that the governor has received a letter of notification for investigation from the anti-graft commission, notifying him that he would be investigated along-side the state lawmakers and senior government officials who had appeared before the commission for interrogation over the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) and some other alleged lootings.

It was gathered that the letter to the governor with reference number EMS/FCT/CFT/EFCC/16, which was addressed to the governor arrived the state on Wednesday and was confirmed to have been received by the governor.

A reliable source from the commission’s headquarters in Abuja informed OSUN DEFENDER that the EFCC also notified the governor that it understands that he (governor) has immunity from prosecution, saying that this would be put on hold if found wanton.
The commission reportedly indicated in the letter that despite the fact that the governor enjoys immunity, he is still being investigated as directed by section 308 of the Nigerian Constitution, which identified that a sitting governor could be investigated, but cannot be prosecuted.
However, the state lawmakers have been directed to show up at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday.

It would be recalled that series of letters of invitation for interrogation have been received by many senior government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, the state Commissioner For Finance, Mr. Toyese Ojo and the state Commissioner for Local Government and chieftancy Affairs, Professor Muib Opeloye.
Other government officials, who had received similar letters from the anti-graft commission are the Accountant-General of the State, Mr. G. Babatunde, the Clerk of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Festus Omisakin and the Chief Accountant of the House.

Subsequent to the letters received by the government officials, some of them have appeared before the commission and interrogated on their individual roles as contained in the various petitions written against them.

Meanwhile, OSUN DEFENDER has gathered that the governor, in one of the PDP caucus meetings before receiving his letter had boasted that there was nothing the EFCC could do to him, as he has a long-standing relationship with the commission’s boss, Mrs. Farida Waziri.

An unconfirmed source revealed to this medium that the governor allegedly stated at the meeting that he enjoyed a personal relationship with the EFCC boss when he was the Military Administrator (MILAD) of Lagos State and Waziri was an Military Administrator (MILAD) of Lagos State, assuring all the government officials involved not to worry.

He was also said to have boasted that he would use his influence with the commission’s boss and compel her to ignore any intending investigations of the state government’s activities.

It would be recalled that the Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) recently petitioned the EFCC, inviting the commission to investigate the illegal deductions from the local government council allocations by the state government and some other suspected lootings of the state treasury.

Speaking on the development, the state Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Alhaji Waheed Lawal said that more government officials in the state are still expected to be invited, interrogated and prosecuted by the commission for the lootings that have allegedly characterized the Oyinlola-led administration.

He then threatened to continue helping the Commission in its on-going investigations and promised to shed more light to the lootings of public funds by the present administration in the state before the EFCC, calling on the commission make its investigations thorough and make the looters to face the wrath of the law.

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

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