Osun State former governor Adegboyega Oyetola has accused men of Governor Ademola Adeleke of looting property at the Government House in Oke-Fia, Osogbo.
Oyetola, through his aide, Ismail Omipidan, at a news conference, expressed disappointment about the false alarm raised by Adeleke’s men, who, according to him, should have been guided by the record of the inventory taken before the formal handover of the items at the Governor’s Lodge and Presidential Quarters at the Government House.
He said Adeleke’s stooges raised empty alarm over an illicit action taken by them, noting that it was on record that the new government took over the possession of the Government House a day to the inauguration of Governor Adeleke.
Omipidan described the looting allegation as not only ridiculous, but also sarcastic, as it was intended to dent the reputable image of Oyetola, who left N14billion in the government coffers.
“Oyetola stopped sleeping at the Government House on November 19, and by November 26, an inventory was conducted in company with Department of State Services (DSS) officials, who were attached to the Government House at the time and security operatives attached to the new governor, particularly A. Umale and Pius Akpan.”
Omipidan said in the DSS report dated November 26 and titled: ‘Inventory of Items in Osun State Governor’s and Presidential Lodges’, it was reported that “on November 26, about 1400hours, a team of the Protocol Department, Osun State Governor’s Office, Abere, led by Mr. Falode, in company with two officials of the DSS, namely Usman Adediran and Sunday Posu, painstakingly took the inventory of items in the above mentioned places.
“The items were thereafter handed over to A. Umale and Pius Akpan, DSS personnel and security details of the new governor, Ademola Adeleke, without any complaint.”
Reacting to the allegation, Governor Adeleke through his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, said: “It is wicked on the part of the past administration through Ismail Omipidan to attempt to shift the looting on innocent security agencies, who he claimed Oyetola handed over the assets that were looted bare to.
“It was even an aberration in democratic clime that an outgoing government would claim to hand over to security agencies, instead of the incoming administration. Omipidan’s afterthought denial is shameful to say the least.”