By Wilson Adekumola
Oyo State House of Assembly has fired the Chairman of Irepo Local Government, Mr. Lateef Sulaiman Adediran over alleged misappropriation of public funds.
While disclosing the Chairman’s dismissal during their plenary on Thursday in Ibadan, the state capital, the lawmakers explained that the embattled chairman was sacked following the presentation of the report of the Joint Committee on Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and State Honors, Public Accounts, Finance and Appropriation.
The lawmakers stated further that the committee investigated allegations of running the local government with impunity levelled against the embattled Chairman, observing that the removal of Adediran from the office was in line with Section 21 of the local government law, 2001, as amended.
The lawmakers then directed the Vice Chairman of the council to immediately assume the position of acting Chairman.
They also mandated the Leader of the House, Mr Busari Adegbenro to fill the position of the acting Vice Chairman.
The House said, “The report found the local government Chairman culpable of allegations of diversion of public funds meant for the purchase of Toyota Camry 2016 model.
“Recall that the Chairman, Mr Lateef Sulaiman Adediran had earlier been indicted by the office of the Auditor-General for Local Government in the State and the report of the special investigation was submitted to the House.
“The House also directed the Executive Arm of Government through the Ministries of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters and Justice to ensure that Mr. Lateef Sulaiman Adediran refunds a sum #4,616,800.00 to the coffers of Irepo Local Government, being the difference between unreasonable #5.8m spent on replacement of covers of exercise books.”