2 Ek­iti work­ers in po­lice net over N7m fraud

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Two civil ser­vants in Ek­iti State are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice over a N7 mil­lion fraud. The two, whose names were given as Mrs Ce­cilia Akinl­eye, a grade level 9 of­fi­cer and Mr Bello Ola­jide, a grade level 10 of­fi­cer, were handed over to the po­lice yesterday fol­low­ing a di­rec­tive by Gover­nor Ayo Fayose, that a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion be con­ducted.

It was gath­ered that an au­dit of the fi­nances of the state’s Cen­tral Med­i­cal Store, showed that over N7 mil­lion was miss­ing from its ac­count.

Akinl­eye, a cashier in the agency, and prime sus­pect in the mat­ter, had ac­cused Ola­jide, the ac­coun­tant, of col­lect­ing the money from her on var­i­ous dates be­gin­ning from April this year.

She said be­fore she started giv­ing out the money to Ola­jide, few days af­ter her post­ing as the cashier, she in­formed a fel­low worker, Mrs Adekemi Ojuawo, that her boss asked her to bor­row him the agency’s money in her care.

“Mrs Ojuawo warned me against do­ing this, but be­cause he is my boss, when he re­quested for the money again, I obliged him. I know this is against civil ser­vice rule. The first money he took from me was N100,000; that was on April 16, 2015. He col­lected money from me 36 times. The least he took was N50,000 and the high­est was N300,000,” she said.

She

fur­ther

al­leged

that some­times Ola­jide would take drugs on credit from the store and ask her to write of­fi­cial re­ceipt to cover the pay­ment.

But Ola­jide de­nied ever tak­ing money from the woman, say­ing some of the dates listed by Akinl­eye, were public hol­i­days like May 29, 2015.

To this, Akinl­eye replied that Ola­jide called her a day be­fore that to go give him the money on Democ­racy Day, some­where in Ado-Ek­iti.

Ola­jide, fur­ther in his de­fence, said he was on leave from early May to June this year and that it was when he re­sumed and was asked to au­dit the ac­count that he dis­cov­ered the fraud.

He said he drew the at­ten­tion of Akinl­eye to the ano­maly and that for three weeks, Akinl­eye was dodg­ing the is­sue, so he had to re­port to his su­pe­rior.

Of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Health, in­clud­ing gen­eral man­ager of the store and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Health, Dr Fo­lake Olo­mo­jobi, said it was be­cause the peo­ple were not com­ply­ing with ex­tant rule of pay­ing all daily pro­ceeds to the banks that the fraud oc­curred.

The sus­pects were later handed over to the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ek­iti State Com­mand, Etop John James.

Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, the Po­lice Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mr Al­berto Adeyemi, said the po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter. Ek­iti State Gover­nor Ayo Fayose has urged mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly from the state to sup­port the nom­i­na­tion of for­mer gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi, as min­is­ter.

The gover­nor made the call while meet­ing with mem­bers of the Fed­er­a­tion of Ek­iti Stu­dent Union (FEESU) in his of­fice.

In a state­ment by his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Idowu Adelusi, the gover­nor said the Ek­iti pro­ject be­longs to all and that ev­ery­thing must be done to sup­port it.

The gover­nor, a PDP chief­tain, was quoted as say­ing: “Ek­iti is my pri­or­ity, so I call on all the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers and sen­a­tors that went to Abuja from here, to sup­port Fayemi. Some peo­ple pe­ti­tioned the Na­tional Assem­bly, stat­ing how Fayemi in­curred huge debts for Ek­iti State, but I have told the mem­bers not to do that.

“It is God that judges peo­ple, not us. You must sup­port him. They should not go to the Se­nate and op­pose Kay­ode Fayemi, no, they must never do that. An Ek­iti man is an Ek­iti man. I ap­peal to ev­ery­body; you must sup­port him.”

He charged the stu­dents to shun acts that could mar their fu­ture.

Of­fi­cials of Nige­rian Navy Ship Pathfinder im­pound about 105 drums con­tain­ing about 101,000 litres of au­to­mated gas oil in Port Har­court yesterday

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