April 16, 2024

Kogi Assembly Suspends Ibaji LGA Chairman Over Alleged Misappropriation Of Funds

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By Abubakar S. H

The Kogi State House of Assembly, has suspended the Chairman of Ibaji Local Government Area of the state, William Iko-Ojo, over allegations of misappropriation of public funds, security threat, gross misconduct and abuse of office.

Nigerian Trend gathered that the removal of the Chairman was sequel to a petition written to the Assembly by one Barrister Jibril Ojochenemi.

We learnt that the matter was raised during plenary by the House Majority Leader, Hon. Suleiman Abdulrazaq, who is representing Okene state constituency.

The petition, indicates that the petition alleged that, the sum of N536, 137, 064.9k (Five hundred and thirty six million, one hundred and thirty seven thousand, sixty-four naira and nine kobo) was spent on over-head cost by the LGA Chairman, without budgetary provision.

In his own contribution, the Majority Leader said: ” The act of misappropriation was reported in the audited consolidated financial statement of the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State, for the period covering 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021. The House should look into instances of security breach and disrespect to the rule of law. Such conduct portrays the Man to be above the law.”

Following the petition before the House, the Majority Leader, called for the suspension of the embattled Council Boss, which was immediately seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Enema Paul, who is representing Dekina Okura State Constituency.

The Deputy Speaker, in his submission noted that, the allegations against the Local Government Chairman, was weighty, adding that he should step aside, pending the conclusion of investigation by the House.

In their separate contributions, the members representing Ogori Magongo State Constituency, Bode Ogunmola, Dekina/Biraidu, Hon. Ochidi Usman Shehu, Kogi-karfe Karfe, Hon. Aliyu Maikudi and Okene South, Hon. Yusuf  Zakari Eneve, all threw their weight for the suspension of the Ibaji Council Boss.

According to them, under the watch of the embattled Council Boss, crisis broke out in Ibaji, which led to the death of a woman.

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