by Dare Lawal
The Oyo state Executive Council has sent an interesting message to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In the message, they asked the EFCC to release Oyo state money and property confiscated from former governors, Rashidi Ladoja, and Adebayo Alao-Akala, and expedite their trials.
The decision to send the message to the EFCC was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council, which they described as necessary for good governance. The Executive Council called on the EFCC to hasten with the trial of the two ex-governors as well as their co-accused persons facing trial for misappropriation of state funds and resources.
The State Commissioner for Information, Pastor Taiwo Otegbeye disclosed this in a press statement at the end of the meeting.
He said that the council commended the EFCC for investigating, arresting and prosecuting the two former governors but noted that the trials of the former governors were yet to properly commence.
He then asked the commission to release to the state government, all the monies and properties, including impounded vehicles which were purchased from the proceeds of the loot for some family members, that were recovered from the former governor and fellow accused persons. Otegbeye said that these monies and properties were still outstanding and would amount to over N700 million.
He said that the state government needs the refund to enable it to execute developmental projects in the state.