The suspended chairman of Ijebu East Local Government in Ogun State, Mr Wale Adedayo, was invited to the office of the Department of State Services in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, over alleged breach of public peace in the state, sources close to the agency have said.
According to the sources, Adedayo, who arrived at the office of the secret police late on Friday, was quizzed by DSS following reports of his public incitement against the Ogun State Government.
It will be recalled that the suspended chairman had written a letter to a former governor in the state, Chief Olusegun, Osoba, alleging that the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, had hijacked public funds, while also forwarding a petition to the anti-graft agencies over the same issue.
However, members of the Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC)in the state dismissed the allegation, affirming that every fund approved by the Committee, consisting of stakeholders, passed through the various Local Council Accounts.
Appearing before the State House of Assembly on the enquiry over the allegation of fund diversion , the JAAC members explained that the process of fund administration for JAAC always takes place monthly at a meeting, and that that it was at the meeting that all first line charges, including Primary School Teachers’ salaries, LG Pension, traditional council, leave bonus and check-off dues of labour unions were aggregated among LG Chairmen and payment made.
According to them, there were instances when the State Government had to augment shortfall to allow all the Local Councils take care of all their first line charges.
While stating that at no time did Ogun State government ever interfere in the management and distribution of local government allocation since 2019, they said that most times, the government augmented their funds because of insufficient allocation from the Federation Account.
They further confirmed that the August allocation was N5.2bn, which was shared to take care of first line charges.
However, Adedayo’s since his petition created unrest in the state, the DSS was said to have invited him to speak to his petition.
He arrived late on Friday and as soon as he is through, he will be released, said the sources.
It was also revealed that Adedayo alleged that he saw some strange people milling around his family with possible intent to harm them, and that security operatives had swung into action to investigate the veracity of his claims and possibly arrest those people.