A financial scandal is currently rocking the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State over sales of abandoned vehicles in the local government secretariat.
On Monday, 7th January, 2014, the local government through DIIT Ventures had published an advertisement in the Nation newspaper indicating its intention to sale 93 vehicles purportedly abandoned at the council secretariat in Oshodi if the owners did not come for them within two months.
Apparently the two months never expired
before the council started selling the vehicles.
One of those sold was one allegedly belonging to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and two time Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Omotilewa Aro-Lambo.
Aro-Lambo allegedly protested vehemently that he was not given enough time to recover his vehicle which he alleged was taken to the council on a spurious ttaffic allegation and sold off within three days.
Thegazellenews.com learnt that the issue became a messy affair leading to the council allegedly paying back the APC chieftain in cash running into seven digit.
However, the mother of all scandal over the sale was the allegation that after the vehicles were sold off, a total of N6 million was realised but some aggrieved council officials are surprised that only N600,000 went into the council account.
According to a document obtained by thegazellenews.com, the chairman of the local government, Idris Bolaji Muse-Ariyo and some council officials allegedly shared the lion share of the proceeds from the sales.
The document indicated that the council chairman collected N1.2 million; the acting Council Manager, N.8 million; the Council Treasurer, N.8 million; the Supervisor for Health, N.6 million; the Special Adviser on Traffic, N.6 million; the Legal Adviser, N.6 million; the Special Adviser on Revenue, N.4 million and the Supervisor for Works, N.2 million.
Efforts to reach the council chairman at the time of going to press proved abortive as he was reported to have travelled to Canada alongside with some of his colleagues to attend a workshop.