Ebonyi Local Govt Officials Accused Of Embezzlement

On June 25, Thursday, the Ebonyi state House of
Assembly accused 12 of the 13 chairperson of local
government caretaker committee of financial
misappropriation.
The immediate past assembly had reportedly set up a
committee to probe the financial dealings of the chairmen
between November 2014 and June 2015 when they all resigned
their appointments.
Premium Times reports that the indictment was contained in
committee’s report, which was read by its chairperson, Obasi
Odefa, and presented to the state assembly.
The report stated that the ex-chairpersons embezzled the
state’s funds during the period under review. It also disclosed
that that some of their expenditures had fake titles such as
immunisation costs, breastfeeding expenses, security
expenses and solidarity rally for former president Goodluck
Jonathan and others.
“The caretaker chairmen, treasurers, cashiers, and heads of
departments connived to illegally withdraw money from the
council’s accountants and syphoned them into private
accountants.
“This is in contravention of Section 12 of the Ebonyi Revenue
Distribution to Local Government and Development Centres
Law 2006,” the report said.

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