N30m property: Suspended LG boss hits back at gov Obaseki

N30m property: Suspended LG boss hits back at gov Obaseki

Suspended Chairman of Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Patrick Aguinede, has hit back at the State governor, Godwin Obaseki for linking his removal from office to corruption. Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Monday Osaigbovo, on Tuesday alleged that Mr Aguinede acquired N30m property and refused to pay agency levy

Suspended Chairman of Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Patrick Aguinede, has hit back at the State governor, Godwin Obaseki for linking his removal from office to corruption.

EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI

Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Monday Osaigbovo, on Tuesday alleged that Mr Aguinede acquired N30m property and refused to pay agency levy to the Client prior to his suspension for two months to pave the way for a thorough investigation into allegations of fraud and abuse of office levelled against him.

The Commissioner while recalling governor Obaseki’s zero tolerance for corrupt practices, accused Aguinede of failing to remit complete money collected as Internally Generated Revenue in the Council to the Government coffers.

But, Mr Patrick Aguinede who claimed to have accepted his removal from office in good faith, said the issue of buying a house for N30m was not a government matter because he was rich as far back as 1988.

He said he would appear before any panel set up to investigate the allegations.

According to Commissioner, one of the allegations was that an estate agent petitioned Aguinede that he bought a house for him for N30m and Aguinede refused to pay his agency fees.

PATRICK AGUINEDE

“Aguinede was alleged not to have remitted complete money collected as Internally Generated Revenue.

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“The statistics he gave as the number of tricycles and motorcycles operating in Esan West is 3000.

“If he collected N150 each from them, that amounts to N9m monthly but Aguinede was remitting only N4.5m.

“The Governor always warned us that anybody caught would not only be sacked but be prosecuted”.

Our Correspondent reports thag Other Council chairmen previously suspended by Governor Obaseki include, Alhaji Yakson Musa in Etsako West and Alhaji Aremiyau Momoh of Etsako East.

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