29th July, 2011
Agege Youths for the Defence of Citizensâ€™ Rights (AYDCR), a pro-democracy rights group based in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, has called for the prosecution of the council boss, Alhaji Jubril Ayodeji Abdul Kareem, as recommended by the report of a police investigation of allegation of forgery and fraud against him.
The coordinator of the group, Abolude Olorunoje, told journalists at a media briefing in Agege that a police report dated 29 October, 2009, had recommended the trial of the council boss and some council officials as well as officials of one of the rescued banks, for conspiracy, forgery and stealing.
â€œIt is surprising that since the police concluded the investigation into the matter and made their recommendations in 2009, nothing has been done while the culprits walk the streets of Lagos without any care in the world,â€ the human rights activist said.
According to him, the council chairman has been boasting that nothing will come out of the investigation and report hence it was not a surprise when the council boss has commenced campaign towards a second term in office.
â€œThe money involved in the matter belonged to the people and these people should be made to account for its misappropriation to serve as deterrent to others,â€ Olorunoje said.
In the copy of the report, the police at the Special Fraud Unit, Milverton Road, Ikoyi, acted on the petition written by one Alhaji Chief Aileru J.A. dated 29 July, 2009, in which he alleged that the council chairman in connivance with some council officials diverted N700 million belonging to the council to personal use.
Other allegations include illegal lodgements of the council funds into various accounts while N30 million belonging to the council was illegally shared by the council boss and some council officials.
The council boss and the affected council officials as well as the bank officials were invited and they wrote statements stating their roles in the matter.
After concluding their investigation, the police concluded that, â€œthe council chairman, council treasurer, council manager and the managers of the Ogba and Toyin Street branches of the rescued bank conspired and defrauded the council through illegal lodgement and misappropriation of the N402.567 million public fund while the council chairman could not give a satisfactory account of how N250 million was spent and how he ordered the fixing of N30 million at Ogba branch of the bankâ€.
The report thus recommended that since the affected persons conspired and defrauded the local government, they should be arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction for the offences of conspiracy, forgery and stealing.