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Ajimobi, Ladoja disagree over N500m EFCC refund

A former governor of Oyo State, councillorLadoja, Sourcethreatened to
sue the incumbent Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for claiming that he
refunded N500m stolen money to the state coffers through the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as reported by a
national daily (not The Punch), on Monday.
A statement signed by Adeolu Adeleke, who is the Director General,
Senator Ladoja Campaign Organisation 2015, said the allegation
was made by Ajimobi while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan.
But the state governor, through the Secretary to the State
Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, insisted that Ladoja indeed returned
the said amount as well as vehicles he allegedly procured with
graft proceeds to the state through the EFCC.
The statement by Adeleke read, “Our attention has been drawn to a
front page publication in a national daily, published on Monday,
January 12, 2015 captioned, ‘Ladoja Refunds N500m to EFCC.’ The
statement was credited to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State in
a purported interview with reporters in Ibadan.
“This statement by Ajimobi is not only false, but a figment of his
imagination, deliberately targeted at rubbishing the credibility of
Ladoja. We boldly affirm that Ladoja at no time refunded any
amount to either the coffers of the EFCC or the Oyo State
Government, and there was no plea bargain of any sort between
Senator Ladoja and the EFCC. In the light of the above, Ladoja has
accordingly directed his lega team to institute a legal action
against Ajimobi for libel as soon as the courts are reopened.”
But on Tuesday, Ajimobi, through Alli said, “Ladoja’s denial of his
refund of Oyo State’s stolen loot is not only regrettable, but
lamentable. The general public will recall that in 2008, Ladoja was
embroiled in an allegation of theft of proceeds from shares
belonging to the state government, which he converted to personal
use.
“He was subsequently arrested and detained by the EFCC. Ladoja
returned the sum of N500m to the EFCC which thereafter drew a
cheque later collected by the state government.”


Source: punchng

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