Concerned Tax-Payers Accuse Lagos LG Chairman Of Misappropriating N1.9bn, Petition EFCC, Assembly - LagosTrend

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Concerned Tax-Payers Accuse Lagos LG Chairman Of Misappropriating N1.9bn, Petition EFCC, Assembly

 


The Legislators and Concern Tax-Payers of Eti-Osa East Development Council Area, have accused Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Hon. John Ogundare Campus, of allegedly misappropriating a staggering amount of money from the council’s coffers to the rune of N1.9 billion.

According to documents sighted by our correspondent, they accused the Chairman of diverting funds earmarked for critical sectors, compromising healthcare services and the quality of education in the area.

The alleged fraudulent activities were detailed in letters addressed to Rt. Hon. Mudasiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House Assembly, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ikoyi, Lagos.

The accusations highlighted various breaches which include; Failure to pay running costs to respective departments per the 2023 Budget, Neglecting balance payments to past political office holders against governmental advice, Unauthorized project execution and contract awards without legislative approval.

They also accused him of non-adherence to the 2023 budget for school and Primary Health Care (PHC) construction/renovation, among other grievances.


The Legislators emphasized the Chairman’s non-compliance with legislative requests for income and expenditure records.

Furthermore, they accused the Council Treasurer and Local Govt. Auditor of dereliction of duty by withholding financial details and full activities reports.

The Council’s legislative arm had earlier confronted the Chairman over the deficit in the 2023 budget, sparking a discord between the executive and legislative branches.

The Concern Tax-Payers of Eti-Osa East Development Council Area also expressed concern over the alleged concealment of financial misdeeds by influential political leaders and monarchs, urging authorities to investigate and prosecute if necessary

Letters sent to the Lagos State House of Assembly and the EFCC, backed by leaked legislative reports, aimed to prompt action on the matter, with claims of undue influence to protect the accused Chairman.

Despite multiple attempts to reach Hon. John Campus for comment, no response was received from the Eti-Osa East Development Council Area’s Executive Chairman.

Find below, petitions to EFCC Chairman and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly.



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