Illegal Diversion of LG Funds: CSO Drags Aregbesola to Anti-graft Agencies, Others

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  • Wants FG to stop sending LG funds through Aregbesola

Yinka Kolaawole in Osogbo

A group in Osun State, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) has dragged the State Governor,Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, before the President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, anti-graft bodies, Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) and a host of other authorities for the illegal and unconstitutional diversion of local government funds that accrued to the State from the Federation Account.

The group also urged the Federal Government to henceforth stop releasing the Local Government funds to the State through Aregbesola.

It called on the President Buhari and National Assembly to set up an independent judicial panel of inquiry to investigate the alleged criminal diversion of monthly allocations that accrued to the Local Government areas of the State since inception of Aregbesola’s administration.

It has also asked the anti-graft agencies to commence the
credible investigation and forensic audit of the account books of the constitutionally recognized 30 local governments of the State.

It added that the anti-graft bodies should also investigate the roles of the then Executive-Secretaries, Head of Local Government Administration (HLA) and former Commissioner and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the criminal diversion of local government funds accrued to the State.