Lagos State House of Assembly has suspended the Chairman of the Ifako/Ijaiye Local Government, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke ; over the misappropriation of N350 million.
The Loan was granted in 2012 for funding of 5 projects, including Council Secretariat, and other social amenities.
Speaker of the House Hon Mudashiru Obasa said that the Chairman cannot be suspended in isolation as other officials were also indicted in the report.Thus, the House also ordered the deployment of three management staff of the council, including the Council Manager, Council Treasurer and Council Engineer.
Vice Chairman of the Local government, Akambi Usman Hamzat was immediately enjoined to take over affairs of the Council.
The suspension followed the report of the five-man Ad-Hoc committee on the investigation of allegations levelled against the Council Boss presented by a member representing Somolu Constituency One, Rotimi Olowo.
Hon Olowo revealed that despite getting loan and payment forthwith, the work done such as roads and construction of secretariat were not commensurate to the projects executed.
It was also disclosed that the loan of N350 million taken in 2012 during Oke’s first term in office was not appropriately expended.
OKE in his comment, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Muyiwa Jimoh said, the error created was as a result of the bureaucracy in local government and failed to abide by the administrative guidelines set up by the House.
A Member of the Committee and a former chairman of a council, Hon. Bisi Yusus stressed that the suspension will make Mr. Oke, a scapegoat to serve as deterrent to others.
In his argument, the Majority Leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade stated that the recommendations of the Committee were predicated on the fact that the Councillors had already passed vote of no confidence on the Chairman.
As such, the Speaker, Right Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the resolution of the house to necessary quarters.