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Why Ikuforiji, Lagos Speaker May Go To Jail



More facts have continued to emerge on the 54-counts prosecution of Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker. The politician and his Personal Assistant, Oyebode Atoyebi, are not likely to escape from the claws of conviction.

Fresh documents obtained by Adeniyi Adebayo, an Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) investigator, which was shown to Global Village Extra, revealed how Ikuforiji connived with Atoyebi to illegally collect millions of naira from the Assembly’s accounts department.

Adebayo actually gained rare assess to the Assembly’s cash register, which revealed that Ikuforji had fraudulently collected multiple millions of naira, which he diverted for personal use.

While highlighting some of the questionable monies the speaker collected, Adebayo said: “On 1 August, 2011, the second accused (Atoyebi) signed and collected about N4,444,770 on behalf of the first accused (Ikuforiji), with the heading: ‘National Council for State Legislators Conference, United States’.

“In the cash register, it was also discovered that on 3 August, 2011, the second accused collected the sum of N10m on behalf of the Speaker, and the payment was tagged, ‘Ramadan’. It was signed and dated 4 August, 2011.

“On 23 August, 2011, the sum of N1.2m was also collected by the second accused, on behalf of the Speaker, and the transaction was tagged ‘money for orderly to the wife of speaker’. Also in August 2011, the second accused collected N6,464,976 meant for the Powell Foundation event on behalf of the speaker.”

-Global Village Extra

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