Governor Of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola is back at the top of news items. and it is yet as a result of another emerging controversy.
'The operatives of the Economic and Financial Commission are
investigating allegations of misappropriation of funds and abuse of
office in Osun State.
Investigation revealed that operatives of the commission quizzed the
Accountant General and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works,
Messrs. Alaba Kolawole and Adeagbo Nurudeeen, respectively, on March 23,
2014, in relation with the ongoing probe involving contract awards
running into billions of naira.
A source at the commission said that the accountant general and the
permanent secretary were interrogated in relation with alleged
mismanagement and diversion of public funds.
The source said that the money in question were proceeds from bonds
accessed by the state government for the development of public
infrastructure in the state.
'It was gathered that the two top government officers were granted
administrative bail, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
It was further learnt that the commission is also investigating the
Commissioner for Finance, Wale Bolorunduro, and the Senior Special
Assistant to the Governor of Osun State on Economic and Financial
Matters, Mr. Titus Babatunde, in relation with alleged diversion of
Calls put across to the telephone of commissioner for finance were
not answered and a text message sent to him was yet to be responded to.
But the Media Aide of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said that the probe was not new.
He said that Governor Rauf Aregbesola announced that the EFCC was
probing the finances of the state at a public function during the
inauguration of RLG in Ilesa in February.
He said, “ It is not as if somebody is just telling us. There is
nothing new about the probe. The governor announced this at a public
function in Ilesa when the RLG was inaugurated.
The source said that Babatunde and Bolorunduro are alleged to have
frittered away N7.6bn on the rehabilitation of schools also being
rehabilitated by the Universal Basic Education Scheme, through the state
educational infrastructural project.'