Diversion of 300M-Contractors begin journey to Prison in Osun



 

Diversion of N.3bn TETFUND: How Bisi Akande’s brother, APC leaders,
College Officials, Contractor begin journey to Prison in Osun

EFCC invitation letter to the accused 

Niyi Akande (Bisi Akande’s brother)
The Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun community were yet to
come to the term on the remanding of few of its senior officials in
Federal Maximum Prison Ilesa since a month ago over an alleged
diversion of  N.3billion public funds approved for the construction of
Amphitheatre (Lecture Theatre) and other valuable projects in the
institution

It was like child play when the Osun state-based Civil Societies
Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun state (CSCEOS), in a petition
dated Monday 21 March, 2016 and signed by its Chairman, Comrade
Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman of  which was forwarded to the acting Executive
Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Mr.
Ibrahim Magu in Abuja, calling for through and unbiased investigation
with possible prosecution into the alleged diversion of public funds
by the College officials.

Those fingers  in the fraud were; the younger brother to Chief Bisi
Akande, former interim National Chairman of the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC) and a close ally of Senator Bola Ahmed
Tinubu, the APC National Leader, Mr. Oyeniyi Akande who  is currently
the Part-time Chairman of the Governing Council ‎of the Osun State
college of Education, Ila –Orangun,Osun West APC Chairman, Mr. Yunusa
Amobi, newly appointed Caretaker Chairman, Atakumosa East Local
Government, Iperindo, Mr. Kujenbola Oluwafemi, former College Bursar,
now Bursar, College of Education, Ilesa, Mr. Akin Latilo, College
former Acting Provost, Dr. Basiru Gbadamosi, former members of the
Governing Council, Mr. David Olayinka Olojede as well as the College’s
Director of Works, Mr. Ogungbemi and a contractor, John Ojemuyiwa of
Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd.

Photo:John Ojemuyiwa
They were allegedly accused of diverting the sum of N.3billion which
part of it were TETFUND Project funds approved for the construction of
a lecture hall and other valuable projects in the institution.

Earlier, the college Provost, Professor Isaac Oyewole had led the
accused College officials to the Zonal office of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ibadan, where the accused
officials and contractor were made to write a statement on what they
knew about the illegal diversion of the public funds and according to
source closed EFCC, the accused persons, made the confessional
statement of truly diverting the funds in question into private pocket
and as well revealing how they shared the funds among themselves.

Also, in 2016, the CSCEOS led by its Chairman, Comrade Alimi Sulaiman
were invited to appear before the anti-graft agency so as to come
forward to substantiate the allegations contained in the Petition
Letter against the college officials by endorsing the petition in
order for the Commission to avoid being mislead or treating frivolous
Petition against innocent citizens of the College.

It was further learnt that Mr. Akande, the Governing Council Chairman,
along with the Provost and Registrar and senior officials of the
College had held several meetings in discussing the issue of the EFCC
saga where they concluded plan to shift every blames on the alleged
diversion of funds on the former Acting Provost, Dr.  Gbadamosi and
the then Bursar, Mr. Latilo respectively.

But Gbadamosi on hearing the outcome of their meeting, during the
integration at Ibadan office of the EFCC, he promised the Commission’s
officials to help them unravel the whole saga by revealing the truth
in the alleged impropriety and subsequently returned the sum of
N10million part of the project funds in his pocket, while other
accused persons including, Akande were blaming him for opening up on
the alleged fraud.

It was on record that “out of the sum of One hundred and seven Million
naira (N107m) first payment released to the Sky Bank, Ring Road Ibadan
branch Account Number: 1771403093 of the Digitpro Engineering
Technology Ltd, Ibadan, being the part of mobilization fees for the
construction of a Lecture Theatre (Amphittheatre), sum of
N41,093,694.36 on March 4th, 2014, were diverted to the Fidelity Bank
Plc Account Number:5600078243 with Cheque Number:00000005 of De
Capstone Ltd where Mr. Akande had vested interest.


According to the reliable source, the EFCC had earlier dragged
Ojemuyiwa, the Managing Director of  Digitpro Engineering Technology
Ltd  before the State High Court, sitting in Ede over alleged theft of
about N97 million meant for the construction of an amphitheatre at the
College on the count charge of  stealing and giving of gratification
to public officers.

He however pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge and the charge
read thus: “That you, John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa, and Digitpro
Technology Ltd sometimes in February, 2014 at Ila-Orangun within the
Osogbo Judicial Division, stole the sum of N53,837,574.08 only from
the sum of N112,810,952.20 advanced to you as mobilization fee for the
construction of an amphitheatre by Osun State College of Education,
Ila Orangun, Osun State.”

The second count reads: “That you, John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa, and
Digitpro Technology Ltd sometime in February, 2014 at Ila-Orangun
within the Osogbo Judicial Division corruptly gave the sum of
N43,093,694.36  to members of the Governing Council, Osun State
College of Education, Ila-Orangun, through one David Olayinka Olojede
of De Capstone Ltd on account of the award of a contract worth
N228,298,302.00 and the over payment of mobilization fee to you by the
Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of
Education.”

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Oluwatoyin Owodunni,
asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo
Akinwande, made an oral application for bail. The prosecuting counsel
opposed the oral application.

The judge, A.O. Oladimeji, ordered the defence counsel to present a
formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the
bail application, in view of the antecedent of the accused person
failing to honour the EFCC’s official invitation twice.

Similarly, the officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday May 17th,2017, arraigned six College
officials including two ruling APC chieftains on eight (8) count
charge of stealing and criminal conspiracy before Justice M. A.
Onyetenu of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo,

The alleged offence is contrary to section 1(1)(a) &8(a) of the
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and
punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act and section 98,99 and
516 of the Criminal Code Act Cap,Laws of the Federation.

While the accused persons were not represented by any counsel in the
Court, they, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred
against them.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Onyetenu, while fixing May, 31 for
considering the bail for the accused persons, ordered the accused
persons to be remanded in Federal Maximum Prison,Ilesa till the next
date of adjournment. But, the Court could not attend to their matter
on the said date and later adjourned the case till Thursday 8th of
June, 2017.

Speaking on the prosecution of the offenders, Sulaiman maintained that
“As third eye of the people, it is our responsibility and right to
expose every yoke of corruption in our society as stipulated in the
Sections 15 sub-section (5) and 24 sub-sections (1e) of the amended
1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

The rights activist stated that the foundation of the project had not
been completed two years of awarding the contract and officials of the
State Ministry of works valued the work done in the site then, was
just N13million, saying that N107 million which was released out of
N125million by the TETFUND as a special intervention project funds to
the College for building of a lecture theatre remained unaccounted for
till the time of EFCC arrested the culprits.

While appreciating the efforts of the anti-graft body to free our
society from shackle of corrupt practices and assurance that the EFCC
would do justice to the group’s petition without fear or favour,
Sulaiman advised the Osun State government under the watch of Mr. Rauf
Aregbesola to purge Mr. Akande and his co-travelers that were
currently facing the trial over an alleged N.3billion fraud out of the
institution before they destroyed the citadel of learning, adding that
“Law is no respecter of anybody”.

Speaking further on the issue of Mr. Akande who has been on the run,
Sulaiman disclosed that Mr. Akande has been hiding in the State
Government House, Oke-fia, Osogbo, calling on the anti-graft agency to
officially wrote the State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola to produce Mr.
Akande as an  appointee of the governor, so as to face the prosecution
of the crime being conspired to commit in the College, urging  the
Court to apply section 351 of the Criminal Procedure Act(CPA), to
issue a bench warrant to compel the leader of the accused persons,Mr.
Akande to be produced in court in order to take his own plea.

Source:CHAIRMAN, CIVIL SOCIETIES COALITION FOR THE EMANCIPATION OF OSUN
STATE (CSCEOS).


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