A group, Anti-Corruption Initiative of Nigeria (ACIN), has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe allegations of financial impropriety and grand corruption against the Chairman of Ife South Local Government Area of Osun State, Mufutau Adegbite.

SaharaReporters had reported how Adegbite illegally diverted N50 million from the council’s account for personal use.

He allegedly misappropriated the funds using his wife, Alimat Adegbite, who is a treasury officer at the council.

SaharaReporters gathered that the N50 million was a loan obtained by the council boss from a new generation bank.

In a petition signed by Frank Sola, zonal coordinator of the ACIN, the group asked the anti-graft agency to as a matter of urgency, swing into action and launch an investigation into the alleged abuse of office, misappropriation and diversion of public funds by Adegbite.

The petition read, “Allegation of Multi-Million Naira Financial Fraud against Mr. Mufutau Adegbite and his wife, Mrs. Alimat Sola Adegbite, the Chairman and Cashier 1, Ife South Local Government area, Ifetedo respectively. A call for investigations. See Also Exclusive EXCLUSIVE: Osun Council Boss, Wife In Multi-million Naira Fraud

“The above-named anti-corruption organisation is a partner in progress with all the agencies established to fight the evil of corruption in Nigeria.

“It is on this point that we are reporting the allegation of multi-million naira corruption against Mr. Mufutau Adegbite and his wife, Mrs. Alimat Sola Adegbite, the Chairman and Cashier 1, Ife South Local Government Area, Ifetedo, Osun State respectively.

“The council boss (Mr. Adegbite), for period of three years in 2018, 2019, and 2020 used the account of his wife (Alimat Sola Adegbite) domicile in the Wema Bank with Account Number - 0220796419 to launder millions of naira belonging to the public and the good people of Ife South Local Government Area, Ifetedo.

“The Ife South Local Government, Ifetedo accounts in Wema Bank with Account Number - 0120198742 and Zenith Bank with Account Number - 1010815839, should be investigated because it was through these accounts that all the necessary funds accrued to the local government for developmental projects, were fraudulently siphoned into the private accounts of Mr Adegbite and his wife.

“This is to use this medium to inform your good office that Mr Mufutau Adegbite deliberately transferred his wife (Alimat) in February 2018 to the cash office of the local government with impunity with the sole aim of siphoning the meager resources allocated to the Council area into his (Mufutau Adegbite) private purse for the period of three years administration.

“Sir, instead of the council boss to rescue his wife from such sensitive position in the local government area of Osun State in line with the interest of accountability and prohibit as contained in the civil service rules of engagement (sic). 

“At this junction sir, we expected your anti-graft agency to commence an immediate investigation into the allegation of multi-million naira fraud levelled against Mr. Mufutau Adegbite and his wife, Mrs. Alimat Sola Adegbite, in the interest of transparency, accountability, and the public good.

“Sir, we wish to inform your humble office that all the necessary documents to help your investigation, have been attached to this petition letter.”

You may also like

Read Next